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June - 9 September 2012 Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World Southbank Centre’s summer 2012 site-wide Festival of the World with MasterCard opens on 1 June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend, and closes on 9 September 2012. As London welcomes the world this summer, Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World will include inspirational projects from the UK and around the world, which showcase the power of the

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arts to change the lives of individuals, communities and whole societies. The

site will be transformed with art installations including a giant ‘robot’ sculpture; a colossal baobab tree made from fabric; ‘Rainbow Park’, a multi-coloured beach; and an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall of the thinkers, artists and communities who have inspired and contributed to the Festival. The reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, weekly food markets, and a pop-up cafe complete the Festival landscape. Info: www. world


-02 June Flawless and English National Ballet The UK’s national ballet company English National Ballet and World Dance Champions Flawless will come together in summer 2012 in a collaboration fusing street dance, acrobatics and ballet. The ten Flawless dancers and ten English National Ballet ballerinas will perform

together showcasing their skills and combining their talent to celebrate all that is great about dance. The show created by Flawless artistic director and lead choreographer Marlon “Swoosh” Wallen and Jenna Lee, soloist and choreographer at English National Ballet; will see the two choreographers will work together fusing the opposing poles of dance to generate a groundbreaking dance experience which follows a group of dancers through an exciting journey into a surreal world of twists, turns, trials and tribulations. Expect the unexpected in this unique collaboration. Info: www.venues. www.


June Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant This month you can celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee along the Thames as hundreds of boats decked out in Union Jack flags float up the river. In one of the largest pageants ever assembled on the River Thames with more than 60 historic boats, the pageant will begin at Battersea Bridge and finish at Tower Bridge. You can watch the pageant for free across the Thames as London celebrates The Queen’s 60th year as the reigning monarch. Info: 2.25pm, www. thamesdiamondjubilee

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June Sierra Leone Celebration of Peace Concert This month Sierra Leone will be celebrating a decade of peace after a decade in war, Melqosh Mission invite you to a musical concert with artists from Sierra Leone and special supporting guests. All proceeds will go to establish an academy for amputees, physically challenged females and their dependants in Sierra Leone. Join in and make history in this year’s official launch of the Celebration of Peace Concert. Info: Doors open at 4pm, DE PLACE, 18-19 Crimscott Street, off Grange Road, SE1 5TE


June Live @ The Empire

Live @ The Empire is a brand new variety talent show in the search for tomorrow’s singing stars to represent Hackney Empire in Hackney vs. Harlem 2012. Get off the Sofa, see a star studded show and vote LIVE in the talent search! Hosted by Super Soap Star Tameka Empson and MTV Base’s Kat B, Directed by Susie McKenna. With special guest appearances from Got to Dance finalist 2011 Turbo, Ayanna Witter Johnson, the first UK Winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo. Plus audience competition, explosive street dance, and comedy. Judges to include; Kojo (Choice FM), Jasmine Dotiwala (The Voice). Info: Interested in entering Live @ The Empire? Video submissions to be uploaded liveattheempire. www.




SomethingForSunday has come a long way since its opening night in early 2011 in a small venue in Clerkenwell, London where our booked acts performed in front of a handful of attendees. The show has now grown to be one of the largest live music and comedy showcases in London with artists traveling from across all of Europe to perform for our audience of regular’s guests, music

industry specialists, journalists and media bloggers. What to expect at Something For Sunday? The showcase has naturally developed into a magnet for London’s twenty plus, retro and culturally appreciative

community. Bang in the middle of the city’s business district and a 5min walk from Brick Lane, the slick look of the venue, relaxed vibe and consistence of a good line up of performers are a hit with all attendees from any background. Throw in the mix an abundance of choice of drinks and cocktails from the bar and a delicious food menu that includes the essential Sunday Roast option served to you in our open plan venue on leather sofa seats you will feel more like you are enjoying an indulgent evening with the family at home. Info: The Light E1 Restaurant and Bar, 233 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6PJ



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June The Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people. The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 in this UK-wide festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation. Info: www.london2012. com/festival

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June Nollywood Movies 02 Awards


The 1st official Nollywood Movies Awards is here! Taking place in Lagos, Nigeria where the ceremony will be hosted by Julius D Genius and Kate Henshaw. The NMA’s is in aid of honouring and recognising excellence in the industry. Info: 5pm, Civic Centre, Lagos, Nigeria. www. nollywoodmoviesawards. tv

CFW celebrates 12 years running. Pulse- who produce Caribbean Fashion Week have developed an event of high international standards to showcase the best in Caribbean fashion, design and style. Confirmed amongst the highlights is Grammy Award Winning UK songstress Estelle, who is set to perform. Info: National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston, Jamaica. www.

-11 June June- 1 July Caribbean Fashion 07 DC Black Theatre 23 Week Festival Caribbean Fashion week is the Caribbean’s premier fashion and style event. Join one of the largest fashion extravaganzas as

The DC Black Theatre Festival [DCBTF] is a weeklong event, celebrating Washington DC’s thriving theatre community.

The DCBTF will bring together a wide array of local and national artists, writers, producers, theatre companies and theatre lovers in what promises to be one of the city’s biggest self-producing black theatre projects ever. Info: www. July Bet Awards 2012 01 This year’s BET Awards

will be hosted by Samuel L. Jackson and will feature performances by superstar Chris Brown and Young Money’s 1st Lady Nicki Minaj. Info:

August Africa Unplugged 27 This August bank holiday

Safety/Security Tips for travelling abroad: 1.

Attire: Try to blend in and avoid standing out as a tourist. The way one is dressed will only draw attention from petty thieves and con-artists. Try to avoid exposing expensive jewellery, money bags and camera’s. This is a sure sign of vulnerability and makes you a clear target for onlookers. Valuables: Identify a safe place for your valuables on arrival. Only take as much money as you need for the day/night and don’t expose any valuable jewellery or equipment should you need to take this with you. Back up your funds: You never know who might be watching you, so make sure to always use ATM’s during bank hours inside a building rather than openly in the street. A reserve of money is essential, so make sure to split your funds be it in a sock, different pocket or bag so you always have a back-up plan should the situation arise. Always separate your cards from your cash so you always

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have a payment method of some type. Be Confident: Don’t ever be embarrassed to ask for help. If you think you are being followed, duck into a nearby shop or restaurant and ask for help. Don’t let yourself fall into a vulnerable position and stay in a crowded area if you are ever in doubt. Personal Safety Device: Consider carrying a safety device for any situations that arise for which you feel threatened. Not only will it build your confidence knowing that you have the device, but a simple sound alarm could be enough to distract a threatening situation. Insure yourself: As a first priority, get some travel insurance. Whether to look after you medical expenses or protect your valuables – insurance is a must, regardless of how long for. Try to be sensible: We all know a holiday is there to help us explore the unknown, and find our inner ‘wild sides’ but we must remember to put on



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our sensible hats amongst the unknown and excitable. Don’t be invisible and ignore the warning signs, if it seems to good to be true, the likelihood is, it is! If locals/friends/ hoteliers/guidebooks have wanted you not to go to particular neighbourhood, carry certain belongings and accept particular gifts/ advances, there is bound to be a reason. Vulnerability and Personal Details: Con-artists and petty thieves are always on the lookout for opportunities so if you are planning on sharing your personal details, think twice. Check websites before you buy making sure to look out for signature logo’s such as the ‘Secure Visa’ sign. Try to avoid using your cards in internet cafe’s as scam devices and Trojans can easily pick up your details and use them to ill effect. Familiarise yourself with your surroundings: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws and customs. Always research



prepare for the biggest African concert in Europe, which includes a massive line-up from all over Africa with artists such as R2BEES, Sarkodie, Iyanya, Cabo Snoop, Fally Ipupa performing live on stage plus many more! Don’t miss one of the biggest events which aim to unify Africa through music and benefit a number of charities, promoting ‘ONE AFRICA’ as over 15 countries join together to celebrate and raise awareness of some of the issues that affect Mother Africa. Info: Wembley Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 OAA, www.africaunplugged. the state department websites and tourism offices of the country you will be visiting so you are fully aware of those actions deemed acceptable. This will make sure you are not only kept safe from the arm of the law, but you are far more wise to your surroundings appearing less vulnerable to the preying con-artists and thieves. . Scan your important documents: If you haven’t followed tips 1 – 9, then unfortunately you might have lost all the important pieces of paper certifying you flights, itinerary, contact details and worse, your passport. Therefore, in preparation to your departure, make sure to scan and share these documents with a close friend/family member back home so they can have them on hand to send you to via. Email should this ever occur.


Info: Tips provided by Dr Richie Nanda, Chairman, The Shield Guarding Company Limited.

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Summer Breads ummer is finally here! And Sjudging by the Capital’s

unexpected heat wave last month; there is no doubt that most of you have been enjoying the sunshine outdoors entertaining. So why not try a cheesy seeded loaf, Italian chorizo sausage with sundried tomatoes and olives in your bread or a classic fruit loaf. Add this to some of your garden party favourites! You will need: • 500g strong bread flour • 1 sachet dried yeast • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp sugar • 250ml warm water

Additional ingredients: • Sun dried tomatoes • Chorizo sausage • Herbs- oregano, chives, parsley, rosemary • Cheese- mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan • Olives • Dried mixed fruit First heat the oven to 200°C. Next you will need to grease a baking sheet or loaf tin- depending on what type of bread you are going to make. For the bread start by sifting the flour into a mixing bowl, add the yeast, sugar, salt and any optional ingredients (see additional ingredients) and mix together using a table knife. Then gradually add the


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water to form a non-sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for around 10 minutes- this well help to make the bread smooth and soft. Shape the dough as required and then place it onto the baking try or into the loaf tin. You should now cover this with a damp tea towel and prove for around 30-45 minutes. The bread should double in size. Glace and sprinkle with seeds for a seeded loaf, and place it into the oven for 10-15 minutes for a small loaf or 20-25 minutes fir a large loaf. You are looking for a golden brown loaf which should sound hollow when you tap it on the bottom, once you notice this ready!


-05 June The Great British Food Festival

This year along with our wonderful food and drink festival we’re also throwing a great big, traditional, British summer party. There’ll be games and activities for the kids, a balloon race, bake-offs, bunting aplenty, excellent live music and of course a fantastic array of food and drink from our exhibitors!! There’ll be the traditional British favorite’s and stalls embracing our modern, culturally diverse Britain (think British but with a funky, modern twist!).


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-24 June Taste of London

the grounds of the historic Walton Hall, Warrington, this is the perfect recipe for a foodie fun day out for the family. Bring your blanket... the picnic awaits!! Info: Entrance Fee: £2.50 per person, under 12s free. Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington, www. greatbritishfoodfestival. com, info@ greatbritishfoodfestival. com

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This year fine dining will be transported to Regent’s Park with Taste of London for four days of summer, eating and drinking. 40 of the city’s best restaurants will be dishing up their finest in an unbeatable alfresco gourmet feast, while 200 producers provide a bounty of the best food and beverages, ensuring that guests sample and shop for a range of produce in the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market. Restaurants will fashion special menus of starter sized dishes for the occasion, including some LIME MAGAZINE 2012


&23 September The Cake and Bake Show The Cake and Bake Show present the first live event that’s dedicated to cakes, bread and the art of baking. A mix of live demonstrations, celebrity speakers, hands on classes and workshops, hundreds of market stalls, live competitions and so much more... Info: Earls Court, London www.


til Nov Chocolate Delight – Chocolate Making Workshops These hugely entertaining workshops are the idea of chocolate guru Gerry Wilton, who owns and runs the world’s first chocolate themed hotel, The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth. As well as being great fun, they’re the perfect way of indulging in the culinary art of creating Belgian truffles by hand from raw ingredients, a skill that will stay with you forever. To start, you’ll get to learn about the fascinating history of chocolate before getting down to the serious business of truffle making. After creating delicious fillings and dipping them into Belgian chocolate, you’ll then get to decorate your luxury truffles with different toppings and coverings before gift wrapping them to take home to share with family and friends. Info: Chocolate Delight, QUEENS CLUB, Palliser Road,West Kensington, London, W14 9EQ, 01202 759979, www. 8 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

Mint Leaf Restaurant, Haymarket is slightly tucked away within the busy tourist location. The entrance is secluded, hiding a largely elegant space. The venue has an intimate yet relaxed feel; there were several couples, groups and business clientele dining. There is also a separate area for larger groups and a whole detached dining room which can be hired for events such as conferences, company awards and even small weddings. The extensive classy cocktail menu I opted for a Tijito which is an exciting twist on the classic Mojito including Rum, fresh mint, lemon grass, apple juice, ginger beer and fresh lime. In comparison the new food menu is by Restaurant Review: Kitchen 264 @ The Collections Lime Rating: Words: Semper AzeezHarris On entering kitchen 264 at the collections you cannot fail to be impressed but its size which means that there is ample room between you and other diners if you want intimacy. Friendly staff are quick and efficient at settling you in and a choice from their selection of cocktails is definitely suggested as they show all the artistry and attention to detail one would expect. The menu comes courtesy of one of the most sought after executive chefs Oded Oren from Israel and it lends heavily from the Mediterranean cuisine, consequently seafood and fish dishes appear: grilled sea bass on a bed of puy

no means large however I just couldn’t decide what to try. After a few moments of indecisiveness our attentive waiter kindly suggested that we try everything! The starter tasting menu consisted of Potato cakes, Chicken pickle, Lamb cutlets with mint yoghurt. For the main we tasted home-style curry, Tandoori Lamb with creamed spinach and fried okra, Lentil stew, peshawari naan which had an unusual sweet taste as it contained shredded coconut. The food we sampled took us on a journey throughout India and it’s variations in cuisines, it’s best to team the food with the perfect wine. If you’re not very familiar with wines from the world, don’t be afraid as the staff are more than happy to help. For desert we sampled a beautifully presented trio of sweets; Chocolate mousse, home-made ice-cream and saffron Panna Cotta. The Panna Cotta was literally to die for! The texture and flavour was a unique and satisfying compliment to the entire meal. Info: Haymarket Theatre, 18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT. www.

lentils, octopus salad and stuffed calamari are just some of the delicacies. I decided to opt for Suppli as a starter a beautiful Italian dish where rice in a tangy tomato sauce is encased with Mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs which was fried-it was moreish. I was positively looking forward to my main of Oxtail Risotto but due to copious amounts of their lovely warm bread I was slightly overwhelmed by the rather rich risotto. Minus the bread it would have still been tough going the dish seemed to need something to cut into that rich hearty ox-tail and



Restaurant Review: Mint Leaf Lime Rating: Words: Victoria Woode Having previously dined at Mint Leaf restaurant in Bank, my mouth was already watering at the thought of visiting their Haymarket branch to taste an amalgamation of Indian cuisine. The Head chefs Dhayalan Paul and Vishal Rane have joined forces and launched a brand new a la carte menu!

big grained risotto rice. The prices in the main for the kitchen were reasonable reaching a top price of £31 for a sirloin steak which my guest had and it was absolutely perfect. Per head it is probably around £50-for the SW3 area that is fairly good. Info: Kitchen 264 @ The Collection and The Collection Lounge Bar, 264 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2AS, 0207 225 1212. @CollectionResto

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signature dishes created by chefs especially to reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients. Info: www.tastefestivals. com/london

What makes this sophisticated new venue unique is that the bar food tastes nothing like bar food. Instead we have a mouthwatering selection of Far East meets Asian sharing food including moreish homemade Thai Fish Cakes and our

FOOD AND DRINK favourite, the Spiced coconut Mushroom served with warm pitta bread. Forbidden Temple has a great space for private parties too if you looking for somewhere intimate to toast that special occasion and don’t want to head into central London.

Or if you fancy a bit of cocktail making, Tom Cruise style, (showing my age) then they are also going to be offering Cocktail Flair Masterclasses. For no nonsense cocktails at reasonable prices in

Restaurant Launch Review: Georgina’s Lime rating: Words: Charlene Durham Set in the heart of Barnes village, Georgina’s is an exciting new café/ restaurant offering the perfect combination: healthy modern European dishes, with something sweet to follow. Upon entering Georgina’s, your eyes are immediately drawn to the deli counter which boasts an impressive selection of unusual salads. Firstly I tried the roasted squash, pumpkin seed and feta salad which complemented each other perfectly. I had to go back for more, but this time opting for the toasted cous cous, chickpeas and herb salad. The food was seasoned well and was accompanied with assorted artesian bread, drizzled with olive oil. Heaven for vegetarians.

flavours and freshness of the fish. The menu is inventive, and clearly conveys a passion for creating healthy and vibrant dishes, using the freshest of ingredients. After all of this healthy eating, something naughty was needed. Spoilt for choice, we sampled a selection of the yummy looking desserts: homemade scones, frozen yogurt topped with honeycomb and pretty looking

modern surroundings we highly recommend you take a trip to southwest London’s hottest bar and kitchen, Forbidden Temple. Info: Forbidden Temple, www.forbiddentemple. | 30-32 Queenstown Road, London SW8 3RX cupcakes. This was all washed down nicely with a couple of glasses of Perrier-Jouët champagne - my guest and I were content.

The space is light and airy; it has a fresh feel to it. The staff were friendly, without being too intrusive. This all contributed to the relaxed and informal atmosphere. If you’re looking for that perfect lunchtime/ afternoon tea spot, I think Georgina’s might just be the place for you! Info: Georgina’s, 56 Barnes High Street, Barnes, London, SW13 9LF. www. georginasrestaurants. com


However, carnivores need not fear. With plenty of fish and meat dishes to choose from, my guest started with the chargrilled tuna and soy beans, served with mint and pomegranate molasses dressing. She was won over by the blend of Are we friends? Like us and get free tickets to the best shows across the captial.


Restaurant Review: Forbidden Temple Lime rating: Words: Sophia A Jackson We were invited to Forbidden Temple, Battersea’s newest hot spot, where we sipped delicious alcoholic concoctions including the Forbidden Fruit (Dark Aged Rum, Vodka, Strawberry syrup, Vanilla syrup, Apple juice, Lime) and the Red Lotus (Vodka, Lychee Liqueur, Black Raspberry Liqueur, Strawberry syrup, Pineapple juice, Grenadine, Lime) with the latter being my favourite.






-4 June Afro Hair & Beauty

Afro Hair & Beauty celebrate its 30th birthday this year and promises to bring you a bigger and even better exhibition for thousands of young women and men turn out for an experience that is all about beauty, hair and lifestyle. Afro is back once again; known as a lifestyle event for young Black women, for two exciting days filled with stage shows, hair demonstrations, pampering experience Review: Christian Louboutin Exhibition Lime rating: Words: Vernia Mengot


When I heard that the Design Museum were holding an exhibition showcasing twenty years of those statement red soles, I felt almost obliged to attend. As a self proclaimed shoe fanatic this was definitely an exhibition for my diary and not to one be missed. On arrival I was amazed by an attractive display where a variety of some of Louboutin’s iconic collections were on show. Surrounded by rouge walls, and a dramatic cabaret themed arrangement, exhibiting some phenomenal pairs of the sexy shoes we know and love; I proceeded to explore. 10 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

and over 100 exhibitors. Get helpful tips and learn about products and services to help make the best of your beauty regime. Not forgetting a showcase which will feature extraordinary talents on stage. Info: www.afrohairshow. com


-13 June Graduate Fashion Week 2012 Graduate Fashion Week celebrating the work the best BA degree Fashion students from 40 Universities across the UK and abroad, Graduate Fashion Week is a crucial event representing the future of fashion. Info: Earls Court Two, South Hall, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA 10 June and 8 July Vintage Fashion Fair 2012 London At the Vintage Fashion Fair in London, stands by world-class vintage dealers offer the finest collection of vintage fashion items like clothes, hats, handbags, shoes, jewellery and textiles from 1800’s During my Louboutin experience, I trailed through the timeline of the French shoe maker’s success and the origins of his celebrated shoe designs. I was especially drawn to shoes such as the Tsar (Autumn/Winter 2010-11) made with satin crepe, flowered lace, stars and silk flower and Poala Botta (Autumn/Winter 2009-10) a startling knee length lace boot. Which then lead me to a room dedicated to shoes designed for the La Gallerie Du Passage, (Paris, 2007) filled with an ensemble of unique photography by acclaimed artist David Lynch and Fetish Louboutin’s encased in glass domes. I continued on to the construction of the shoe, which boasted two decades of fashion history. The

1980’s. The London fashion fair also offers an array of the latest vintage fashion material. Discover tons of wearable vintage pieces at reasonable prices at the Vintage Fashion Fair ‘12 in London. Info: 11 - 5pm, Primrose Hill, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY, www. vintagefashionfairlondon.


July- 29 July Britain Creates 2012: Fashion and Art Collusion This summer leading British fashion designers and artists will collaborate to champion London 2012. The programme includes the UK’s most prestigious and renowned fashion designers and visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art. The Mayor of London presents these leading figures that will join together the Olympic and Paralympic values which salute the everlasting connection between fashion and visual art which will be showcased to UK and

international audiences through a series of physical and virtual events. Info: 10 am – 5.45, Victoria and Albert Museum. www. festival.london2012. com www.


Jul - 27 October 2012 POP! Design Culture and Fashion Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the impact of music, art and celebrity on 20th-century fashion, from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Punk From the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers, the cool styling of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of 1970s retro, this exhibition celebrates the time when British popular culture first captivated the world. The exhibition POP!


room was filled with retro style Louboutin’s, archives, handbags, the men’s collection and even featured a glimpse of The Muppets- Miss Piggy’s ‘Loubi’ beauties. Cut to snippets of short films produced by net-a-porter. com and Fashionair; I then went on to view a dazzling diamante collection with Swarovski elements of ballet slippers created for the National Ballet, with a staggering eight inch heel. The highlights of the exhibition for me include Louboutin designs such as the Guinness Beer Can Heel (Autumn/Winter 1993-94) and more recent styles such as the Asteroid (Spring/Summer 2012) made out of calf skin and python leather with

metallic spikes. I highly recommend this exhibition to any shoelovers and fashion fanatics! You’ll be in your element. Info: Until 9 July, 10.00-17.45 daily, Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. www.

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Throughout, furniture, original posters, graphics and promotional materials will help to set the scene while an “I’m Backing Britain” display will create

a dramatic centrepiece. The exhibition will also highlight the casual throwaway nature of much Pop design, from the paper furniture and Union Jack clothing of ‘Swinging London’ to the late 1960s American vogue for paper dresses, to the tin badges, machine-embroidered patches and printed t-shirts of the early 1970s. Info: Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm,


til 9 July Christian Louboutin Exhibition This year The Design Museum presents first UK retrospective of the iconic French shoe designer; that is Christian Louboutin. The exhibition celebrates and showcases twenty years of the high fashion shoe design; from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled

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The room itself was filled with a vast amount of clothing rails and people seeking a good find! With it being so sunny, the heat didn’t help as the space was limited and it was quite hard to manoeuvre. My friend & I decided to move across to the next room and little did we know that we would spend most of our time in there. The jewellery was very well organised and separated into little plastic sandwich bags that were priced. In the end, I found pumps. It will be a unique exploration of Louboutin’s design process and will take you through every stage of the design journey. The exhibition will follow the release of the picture book by Philippe Garcia and David Lynch of Louboutin’s favourite pieces. Looking beyond design and production the exhibition will also explore the company’s innovative store design. Info: Design Museum, www., www.christianlouboutin. com


til 2 September Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess A new display open at Kensington Palace exhibits a special selection of dresses worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales. Alongside some of the dresses on show in the UK for the very first time

myself with a full bucket of accessories and felt like a very happy customer! The fair was an insightful experience. I didn’t see any home ware products which had been advertised on the web, so in my opinion this could have been a finishing touch. But overall the sale seemed undoubtedly good for a few bargains and a nice day out! Info: 26 May, www. Follow Victorine @ FashionNvrSlps.


DESIGN • CULTURE • FASHION showcases the influence of Pop culture on several design mediums from 1955 to 1976, including record covers and packaging by Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton, and the work of fashion designers like Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, John Stephen and Betsey Johnson, design director of the leading New York boutique of the era. Pop graphics will be explored, from the British psychedelic artwork of Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, and the posters of the American West Coast rock venues in San Francisco, to the work of Martin Sharp for underground magazine OZ. The influence of Heinz Eidelmann’s design for the Beatles film Yellow Submarine on late 1960s design will be touched on, as well as the work of ‘Mr Freedom’ fashion designers Pamla Motown and Jim O’Connor, and the early 1970s work of fashion and textile designer Miss Mouse, aka Rae SpenceCullen.

Being a Vintage lover myself, I was very intrigued to see what the kilo sale was all about. On entry, my friend & I were welcomed at the venue, where we paid £1, had our hands stamped & were offered a purple plastic bag! We were told there were two rooms to visit, one for clothes and the other for jewellery. Walking past a long queue I spotted people with huge amounts of items in their hands, a good sign! And at the end of the queue there were three weighs to weigh your items; £15 per kilo.


Review: Vintage Kilo Sale Lime rating: Words: Victorine Mengot On what was one of the hottest days of the month, there is nothing that I love more than walking down Brick Lane; one of my favourite places to go to in London.

are fashion illustrations and photographs, which reflect some important and memorable moments in Diana’s public life. Info: Kensington Palace,


til 6 January 2013 Ballgowns Exhibition at V&A The stunning ball gown collection will be on show at the V&A in the newly restored Fashion Galleries for 2012. Bringing the glamour of British ballgowns from the 50’s to the present day. The exhibition will feature a whole host of extravagant designs, catwalk couture and red carpet glamour. This is one couture exhibition that should not be missed. Info: Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, www.vam.




Fashion designer Emile Carr talks to Lime about it his latest collection, style icons and work in the fashion industry

Hinterest in fashion ow did your

begin? I was 17 and bored of doing music and art so I hopped on my mum’s sewing machine and found it really fun. From there I went on to do my degree at London College of Fashion. Since creating the brand Emile, what challenges have you faced along the way? Running your own business sometimes forces your morals to be tested and fortunately I’ve come out on the other side positive. The average day for me is about 12 hours of work; sometimes I go two days without sleep to ensure that I meet deadlines.

Love Emile

Words: Vernia MengoT

Talk to us about some of the looks you’ve designed in your latest Collection. My latest collection to be

launched on 4th July 2012 uses avant garde and technical fabrics never been seen before. The cuts are kept simple and structured. However the use of metal poppers allows some of the garments to have multiple looks so the costumer gets more wear out of one product.

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What would you say is one of this season’s hottest looks? I love the current display in Zara, the bright colours and creams have been very well executed, complimented with their signature slender cuts. What is your biggest fashion ‘no no’? I try to keep an open mind but I hate low hanging trousers on women and men, considering the history and meaning behind it. How important is style to you? Style is very important


as it determines how one carries themselves. Style is one of those things that is not meant to be dictated to you, it is subjective meaning that someone’s faux pas is another person’s fashion statement. Who is your style icon? I love Viktor and Rolf, since my early days they have always inspired me with their edgy designs and sharp shapes. Their ideas are like something from a dream as they sometimes defy the laws of gravity. What’s one of the hardest things about working in fashion?

Aside from the long hours one of the hardest things is not compromising your creativity just to make money. As a business owner I have to keep my eye on my balance sheet whilst ensuring that I am not watering down my creativity. What advice would you give to someone who wants to break into the fashion industry? I advise them to not take no for an answer. Persistence works however still try to be realistic with your resources. As long as you are seeing progression then keep chasing the

What’s next? The company is organizing a fashion show with Hackney College where not only will EMILE be launching its new collection to the public but designs from students on the fashion courses will be on display. Some of these students would have been part of the EMILE Academy. Info: Event details: Creative Arts & Media Show Hackney College Wednesday 4th July 2012 1pm and 7pm Email: info@love-emile. com Website: com Twitter: @loveemilelondon

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Ruth Bircham Rof the boldest and

WORDS: Adelaide Damoah

uth Bircham is one

bravest artists I have ever come across, working passionately and with a determined spirit, in the face of adversity. Born in 1966 in Stoke-on-Trent, Bircham says that she has been painting since before she could even talk. She used painting and drawing to express herself as a child as she did not speak until she was five. Bircham would draw small pictures to communicate what she wanted to her mother.

With a BA (Hon) in Fine Art and Media under her belt, Bircham cites the Renaissance, Corporeality, Impressionism and Abstract Realism as her influences. I say bold and brave because her latest work confronts sex and sexuality in a way that is so real, so in your face, that it actually takes your breath away. Some could not be posted here for that reason! Please go to her website. I spent an hour talking to her about her personal thoughts on success in the art world.

How would you describe your work? Well my latest work could be described as... Erotic. Everyone can relate to sexuality. Sexual aesthetics... I am trying to create an art movement called Eroticism. I am bringing international artists from countries including the USA, certain countries in Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, Italy and Spain together to collaborate and tour on a large scale. The group is called Forbidden Fruit. There are a lot of countries that see sex as a taboo subject. I am trying to break the boundaries of the perceptions that some people have about sex. But this work should be seen as art and not as pornographic. Are you now a professional artist? Is art all that you do or are you doing other things to support your work?

Baby in tear


Lusty big lips

People have called me a professional and I am not sure why that is. I think it is because I don’t hide. I face everything. I am a confrontational artist. I have problems with both of my legs – with bad arthritis in my knees and both hips so I do not do any other work, just painting. Do you regularly sell work at your shows? Because I love my work so much, I set the price very high so that very few people can afford it! I don’t make any money from my shows. What would your ultimate dream be for your work? My ultimate dream is to get this art movement with the artists off the ground. I want them to realise that being bold, being expressive and loud in your work is the best

AD: You are definitely that! Would you like to make money from your art? I would love to! I would love to be able to live comfortably from my art and to help others to do the same. I do have a potential buyer in Berlin and a sponsor in Switzerland who helps me in many ways, including circulating my work to his contacts around the world. The problem is that because of the financial crisis, few people are willing to buy right now. What would be your personal definition of success in the art world? To be in a position where you are making art which is not restricted by the opinions of others. To know your market, and to know what you are producing and why, and what it is doing for the people that experience it. Art is not about money and material things. It has come to be about that. Art is about expression. When others view it, they then make up their minds as to what the work is saying to them. Art is about what the artist puts in and what the audience takes out. If it sells, that is good, but if it does not, that is still good because it means that it is there for others to see and get something from over and over again. So for you, success is not just about money, it is about knowing yourself, being true to yourself, creating artwork which is unique to you without having people impose their ideas about what they


way forward. They should not allow other people to restrict them or tell them what to paint. My aim is to motivate artists to create art in the way that they want to create it. I would not say that I am professional or anything. I would just say that I am very determined.


that you can’t do it. Keep telling yourself that you can and you will and you will get there.

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think you should be doing? Yes. Being real, keeping it real. I talk to many people who tell me about their experiences in life. I build an image in my mind and go away and paint it. When they look at the work, they are surprised and realise that I have painted what they were talking about. It is not just questioning, it is answering as well. For example, as a black woman, I like to let people know through my work

that yes, black people do have a history, but do not let that history dictate your future. Your hands may once have been in chains, but do not let your mind still be in chains. What advice would you give to any young people looking to make their first footsteps into the art world? Persistence, determination and self motivation. Keep on pushing forward and don’t let anyone tell you

Do you have any exhibitions where people can see your work this year? I have been invited to submit work to Art Erotica in Cork Street, London. I have also been invited to do a collaborative project in Nigeria. I am working on getting that together now. I have 250 artists in my Erotica art movement group so far (Forbidden Fruits). I am looking for others to join in because for me it is about supporting each other as artists. I put the group together myself with Titus Agbara, Edward Ofosu, Shallman Quarshie and others. They and many others have given me much encouragement. The first show was last November in London. We are hoping to do another one this year. Watch this space. Info: View more of Ruth Bircham’s erotic art at http:// unimaginableimagery. Info: For more on this interview, please visit Art Success at www. LIME MAGAZINE 2012



Also featured at the exhibition housed in a special viewing chamber is Hirst’s diamond skull ‘For the Love of God’ (2007) a platinum cast of a human skull set with 8,601 flawless pavé-set diamonds, the first time the skull has been available to view in the UK since 2007. Info:


June - December V&A Illustration Awards 2012 The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published in 2011 with a display featuring artworks by the winners. Categories include best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year. This year’s judges are designer Orla Kiely, broadcaster and cultural commentator Emma Freud, and V&A Director of Design Moira Gemmill. Judging the student awards are illustrator and last year’s overall winner of the Awards Laura Carlin, and illustrator Luke Best. Info: room 74, www.vam.


July-18 November 2012 Design to win In association with Oakley Design to win looks at various ways in which design has helped athletes break records and push boundaries of what was previously thought possible. The exhibition will reference key moments where design has played a significant part in the progression of sport. The exhibition will also look at key moments where sporting innovations have been celebrated and expressed through visual culture by designers, photographers and artists, celebrating both the function and the beauty of sports design. Info: Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD.


til 15 August Migrations: Journeys into British Art Artists from the 50s and 60s who moved to the UK from the commonwealth, conceptual artists who considered themselves ‘stateless’ global citizens rather than tied any one place, and groups such as the Black Audio Film Collective, whose work 16 LIME MAGAZINE 2012


05 Computational fluid dynamics analysis of a triathlete C Sheffield Hallam University.

sought to unearth the possibilities of being both ‘Black’ and ‘British’ in the 1980s, will show how British art has, directly or indirectly, come to reflect a much wider international stage over time. The exhibition will feature recent work by contemporary artists who use the moving image as a versatile tool for both documenting and questioning reality, including Zineb Sedira’s 14 screen installation Floating Coffins 2009 and Steve McQueen’s Static 2009, which probes ideas of freedom and migration through the potent symbol of the Statue of Liberty. Info: Tate Britain, Level 2 Galleries, Millbank, London SW1. www.tate.


til 9 September 2012 Beautiful Games As the London 2012 Olympic Games approaches an exhibition about the science behind sport. How many hours of training does it take to win a gold medal? Will a shark skin swimming suit really make you swim faster? And where would you draw the line between fair play and downright cheating? Beautiful Games is a family-friendly exhibition created by

Museums Sheffield in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University which answers these questions and many more. Info:




til 9 September Damien Hirst Exhibition

September - 27 January 2013 Designers in Residence The Design Museum continues to support the next generation of designers and creative’s with it Designers in Residence Programme. The exhibition will showcase the work of young designers at the beginning of their careers; recent alumni have included Giles Miller, Asif Khan and Bethan Laura Wood. This year’s programme will include a series of events, offering designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the public, whilst using this platform as a test-bed for ideas, designs and innovations. Info: www.designmuseum. org


This year the Tate Modern plays host to Damien Hurst’s exhibition like no other and it’s the largest survey of Hirst’s work to be in the UK to date. The exhibition shows key works from the artist’s most important series displayed together with some of Hirst’s most iconic works. Hirst has re-fabricated his two-part installation ‘In and Out of Love’ (1991), where viewers pass through a room of live butterflies – hatching, mating, laying eggs and eventually dying , before entering a room filled with a series of Hirst’s butterfly monochrome paintings.

til 9 November The Silent Traveller: Chiang Yee in Britain, 1933-1955 A display exploring the creative endeavours of Chinese artist and writer Chiang Yee (1903-1977) who came to Britain in 1933 where he lived and worked until 1955. During this time he wrote, among other things a successful series of illustrated travelogues using the pen name ‘Ya xing zhe’ or ‘The Silent Traveller’. The V&A will display selection of original illustrations and sketches from the Silent Traveller series and other books as well as designs and archival material which describe his life and work in Britain. Info: room 44, www.vam.

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Company has run the One Act Festival each year for the past 27 years. This event offers the chance for participants to air their work on the London fringe in front of an appreciative audience of industry professionals and friends. LOST is especially looking for directors and writers who are 27 years old or younger. The prizes will be for the Best New Writer, Best New Director, and Best Cast. The 3 winners will be offered the chance to run their winning work for 4 nights at LOST in August. Each show must consist of only one Act and be between 20 and 45 minutes in length. Info: LOST Theatre Company, www.

June- 9 July Tanztheater 06 Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 This summer, two of the world’s leading cultural


-10 June Wah Wah

Girls East London meets Bollywood in a sparkling new musical from Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Kneehigh. Inspired by the world of the Mujra dancers, who for generations have entertained the rich and powerful with a spellbinding mix of dance and song, Wah! Wah! Girls tells a passionate and playful story of

organisations, Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican Centre are collaborating for the first time to present an unprecedented season of 10 works by one of the most influential choreographers in dance, Pina Bausch. The month long season will feature 10 international co-productions exploring 10 global locations: Kolkata, Brazil, Palermo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Budapest, Istanbul, Santiago de Chile, Rome and Japan. Embarked upon by Pina Bausch in 1986, the landmark series of international coproductions were created at the invitation of specific global cities. Living in each city for a period of time, her renowned multinational company would then return to Wuppertal to create a new work inspired by their visit; a choreographic travelogue deeply informed by its host location. Info: 7.30pm, venues vary,

Sadler’s Wells- 0844 412 4300. www.sadlerswells. com Barbican- 0845 120 7511.


June One Act Festival 02 The LOST Theatre

til 16 June The Suit Un In the dusty heat of a

1950’s South African township, a young worker returns home to find his wife in bed with her lover. The lover escapes, leaving behind his suit. The only revenge the husband takes is to instruct his wife to treat the suit as an honoured guest. But how long can she endure this cruel and pitiless sentence?

Info: Young Vic, The Cut, London, www.youngvic. org/whats-on/the-suit

love against the odds. Set against the vibrant background of the East End in 2012, these unstoppable girls uncover deep secrets and create unexpected dreams. Info: Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London, WC2A 2HT Get 50% off* top two prices (normally £42 & £37)! Available between 2 - 10 June, excluding Friday and Saturday evenings. BOOK NOW Call 0844 412 4322 and quote lime LIME MAGAZINE 2012


Dawn Reid


Words: Vernia Mengot

Dremarkable list of awn Reid has a

accreditations within the theatre industry, through her all-embracing work in performance, directing and producing. Recently she has been co-directing ‘The Harder They Come’ and ahead of the opening at the end of this month, Dawn talk’s rehearsals, preparations and the Olympics.

You have an extensive association in performing arts, producing and directing have you always had passion for a career in theatre? For me – yes I suppose I have. It started back at school; I was very lucky to have a fantastic drama teacher; who is still my friend and mentor. It’s a bit of a cliché, as drama has been a saviour since then. I knew I felt comfortable. One of your theatre credits includes working as associate director on Avenue Q, that must have been quite an experience; Tell us more. It was the most fantastic time; it was a long process because it came off Broadway, and so I worked with the first original cast for the West End. It was a long process doing auditions and recalls, puppet workshops; where actors had to learn how to work with puppets, as none of them had done it before. I worked with a great guy who had worked with Disney. It was the first big show I was associate director for. I looked after the show once the American team had gone. It was a lovely cast; everyday was different, when 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

Associate Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Dawn Reid talks to Lime about work on ‘The Harder They Come’.

you have a great script and great songs it. It was a great experience for me, a learning experience. What is one of the hardest things about working in theatre? I suppose if I’m really honest the thing about theatre, is that the shows are in the evening,

directing/ rehearsing all day. It can take up your hours, so it falls into your personal life. Lots of my friends are part of what I do. There are Pros

and cons, but you do it because you love it. I’m lucky I’m doing a job that I really love, so I’m blessed. What’s one thing you know now about working in theatre that you wish you knew when you first

You were awarded with a Carlton Multicultural Achievement Award for performing arts, how does it feel? I was very taken back actually because you do what you do and of course you hope they have a great show. When People outside the biz see that, it boosts you and also you see people get it. I was honoured. Tell us something we don’t know about you. I love sci-fi, I love my Underworld and the vampire thing, the Twiglight thing. I can’t wait for Prometheus to come out.

Image credit. Robert Day shows Matt Henry as Ivanhoe Martin in Harder They Come.

embarked on your career? I suppose it’s such an education for me, you’re always learning. I don’t think I would have known anything before. You’ve got to give it one hundred percent. Always learning skills things you learn along the way. You are co-creator of Spoke-Lab with Roger Robinson; tell us what Spoke –Lab all about? Spoke lab started out of spoke fest, back in 2006, which was a festival of

spoken word. Roger Robinson I’d known from previous work, he is a performer, poet, writer and musician. He’s a great mentor and teacher. The festival was for two weeks, with a slam championship at the end for unknown spoken word artists. I created one show with a group of the guys, who were fantastic artists and still are. We were very interested in mixing theatre and spoken word. In 2006/07, we looked at how do we could take this further, we came up with Spoke-Lab, it was to be a space, a lab, a safe secure and creative place for artists to question, play, workshop ideas and learn new skills.

I’m lucky I’m doing a job that I really love, so I’m blessed

Recently you have been working on ‘The Harder They Come’, out this month at Stratford East. How are the preparations going? This time we are doing a concert version, it’s stripped back, not the full version. We only had a week to rehearse; its part of the Open Stage initiative about allowing the audience and community to choose what they want to see on stage. We were not able to do big productions but we did concerts. The Harder They Come, has rhythm, flow and energy, and brings culture onto the main stage. We are lucky that we were able to do that, Kerry Michael co directs. You must have a busy year ahead of you, what else are you working on? We don’t start Hard until the end of the month. It’s been a busy year so far, we are right in the middle of the Olympics; a lot of the countries will take over a building, we going to have Nigeria with us. So it will be Nigeria house, this will help promote cultural events, in music, fashion, and we will create a couple of programs. Legacy is really important to us, 30

Nigeria House will give £3,000 to 30 emerging 18-35 year old artists from the UK and Nigeria. That is exciting. I have Panto this year, so look forward to that, I’ve got Jack and the Beanstalk, with a new writer called Paul Sirett, he wrote The Big Life and he helped on the show Come Dancing. It’s his first Panto. We have original music and songs; we take the story with a bit of a twist.


Hopefully we can bring that in again.

When you’re not working what are some of your favourite things to do? You know what I sound so boring, I catch up with my friends and family, I’ve got lots of nieces and God-children, my mum is my role model she is just amazing. They root me back down again. And Sleep [laughs].


Who in the theatre industry do you think is a remarkable male? It hard for me, I think that our black actors work hard. They have to work twice as hard, actors by right have to work hard. And for male actors like Idris Elba, who have done their time here and weren’t getting the stuff they need and have to go to the States to work their socks off there and then they come back here and then it’s like “Hi, you can do your thing now.” They are all remarkable. The Adrian Lester’s, men from back in the day like Victor Romero Evans and Eddie Nestor, there’s a whole generation of guys; they are out there and we know, but not everyone knows about them. Info: The Harder They Come Concert will be performed on 29 & 30 June Friday 7.30pm & Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm at Theatre Royal Stratford East. LIME MAGAZINE 2012


Info: Theatre Royal Stratford East, www.

29 Theatre Royal Stratford East presents a menu of ground-breaking performance giving audiences a chance to relive the passion of the songs and stories loved the first time around!


-2 June Come Dancing

Ray Davies’ hit musical returns and will take audiences back to the Ilford Palais in the 1950s for the story of a young girl’s short, brilliant, beautiful life and the twelve months that turned her life upside down.


-30 June Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF)

-30 June The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come relives the tale of countryboy Ivan, who leaves his home in the Jamaican countryside and travels to Kingston, with his head full of songs and dreams of fame and fortune. But fortune is hard to find as Ivan is ripped off by shady record producers and corrupt cops. The Harder They Come features well known smash hits including ‘Many Rivers To Cross’, ‘You Can Get it if You Really Want’ and ‘007’. Info: Theatre Royal Stratford East, www. Festivals supported by The Royal Borough of Greenwich. This year promises to be the most exciting and memorable in the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s history. Info: www. Theatre Review: Ballet Revolucion Words: Victoria Woode Lime Rating:

GDIF Graeae+Fura Prometheus Awakes

London’s ambitious annual festival of outdoor arts and spectacle, breaks new ground this year with visual storytelling on an epic scale, pioneering text based theatre on the street, site-specific outdoor dance framed by pre-Olympic London. Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is part of The Greenwich 20 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

I had heard a lot about Ballet Revolucion so I headed to the Peacock theatre, Holborn with anticipation for an unforgettable evening. The evening was a fusion of Salsa, Samba, Cuban style dancing and traditional ballet. The live band was enjoyable but didn’t really have much presence. They performed modern classics from the likes of Beyonce, Shakira, as well as throw backs by Bob Marley and Prince. The show itself was quite raunchy at times; the

-30 June Sampled 29 Presented by Sadler’s Wells and Big Dance 2012

Sadler’s Wells Sampled is making its first appearance at the Peacock Theatre in the West End for two days of dance performances. Now in its sixth year, Sampled offers audiences the chance to enjoy everything from worldclass hip hop and ballet to contemporary dance and flamenco in one evening. Features performances by Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, English National Ballet, Jonzi D plus many more. Info: 7.30pm, Peacock Theatre, WC2. 0844 412 432. www.sadlerswells. com -15 July Latitude Festival 12 This summer Sadler’s

Wells presents a diverse and exciting programme of dance events on the Waterfront Stage. The line up includes performances by British Bollywood musical Wah! Wah! Girls, French hip hop dance art of Cuban dancing was evidently very very seductive! I enjoyed the fact that some of the dancers showed a lot of attitude within their stage presence and composure. It was also great to see a stage full of muscular bodies, at one point I thought it was a Chippendale show when an army of semi naked men gyrated to a live version of Cee Lo greens ‘Forget you’. There’s no doubt that the dancers were good, but it was nothing new in terms of ability, unique moves, agility and composition. In my opinion Ballet Revolucion was a bit like mixing Baileys with white

crew Serial Stepperz, who showcase house dance, Candoco Dance Company, the UK’s leading contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, soloists South Bank Show Breakthrough Award winner Aaron Sillis and Clemmie Sveaas. Plus the award-winning Sadler’s Wells Production – The Most Incredible Thing , completing the varied programme with Aeroplane Man, a hip hop dance piece created by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and hip-hop pioneer Jonzi D, Artistic Director and curator of Breakin’ Convention and Jonzi D Projects. Info: www.latitudefestival. til 15 September 2012 Un One Man, Two Guvnors

Following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and Adelphi Theatre, smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors opens at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 2 March ‘11 with a brand new cast lead Owain Arthur as Francis Henshall In Richard Bean’s English version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. Info:

wine, it just didn’t go down well, however the ending saw a very large applause and standing ovation from the audience. I clapped along but I couldn’t help but wonder if I had been watching the same dance show as everyone else. Info: www.sadlerswells. com

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Musical Theatre Concerts

June’s new Natty - Out of Fire Mixtape

Natty dropped his debut album Man Like I in 2009 and on that release alone it seemed that he may be an artist to keep a close eye on but before we could start to really absorb this reggae influenced singer, songwriter and producer, he disappeared. Music politricks (see the interview with him in this issue) plagued him but 2012 he returns with a mix-tape the teaser to a subsequent album as yet un-named. The teaser does exactly that and guides us through a musical journey that seems to have no boundaries from reggae, bass music, dub, house it meanders like water down a window-completely free. There is a danger that there can be too much of a mix but the mix-tape seems to get it just right-cannot wait for the album. Out now Cold Play feat Rihanna Princess of China Cold drop another single from that album with the rather self-indulgent, we have made it so we can come up with a made up word for an album (which it is) and it will still sell name-Mylo Xyloto (2011) – despite the name, the album

is good and indeed it has sold massive units. There is a good reason as exemplified with Princess of China-not necessarily the best track off the album but it works. Delicate sonic touches that delve into the oriental are over laid but the emotive vocals of Chris Martin and Rihanna who ditches her sex vixen vocals and drops a powerful although not over cooked vocal. Out 4th June Emeli Sande - My Kind of Love The Scottish songstress who was only a year away from qualifying as a doctor returns with another single off that platinum selling album Our Version of Events (2011). My Kind of Love does exactly what millions have grown to love about this lady whose vocal transmits anguish with suitable ease. Will it be another smash for Emeli? Of course. Out 11th June Kassidy-One Man Army One Man Army is the title track from their second album released on the 30th April from the young Scottish band. It’s an inspirational track asking all of us to stand up tall and don’t stand “against the wall”. They

evidently do that type of track well; Waking up Sideways off their last album Hope St (2011) was well received. Now signed to Vertigo part of the Mercury label the signs are good as they continue to bring their alternative rock to new and old fans. Out 18th June

Star One featuring Sarah Lillie - Respect Fresh from remixing some of the hottest upcoming UK talent, production duo Star One deservingly step into the limelight with their debut single ‘Respect’, out 11th June. Already heavily supported by DJ Target on Radio 1Xtra, ‘Respect’ sees Star One team up with vocalist Sarah Lillie for a classy fusion of Sarah’s sweet Jazz-tinged vocals, enveloped like gems amongst bouncy bass UK Garage flavours, topped off with Star One’s pinpoint production. ‘Respect’ comes with a B-side ‘Swag 3.5’, a fast paced and ferocious UK Funky banger which is sure to get the dancefloor moving and has been described as the Funky version of SX’s emphatic ‘Woo Riddim’. ‘Respect’ also includes the aptly-

Taoi Cruz feat Pitbull There She Goes This track is one definitely for the clubs and delves into that rather over used slightly boring dance vibe. It’s undoubtedly due heavy rotation on the airwaves because it features two massive names with Taoi and Pitbull who should really be called Border Collie since his early days as a hard core rapper are long gone, replaced by a rapper who looks like he goes for a regular manicure, pedicure followed by very, very, very cold water, drunk in one go because he is that hard-hopefully this track goes away! Out 25th June titled ‘Punch In the Face’ remix, as well as a stripped back and pitched down wobbly rework from Bad Osiris & Kee and remixes by Harry Wolfman and Philly & Jazz Influenced by Garage, Grime, House and Hip Hop with a love for chopped samples and subtle basslines, brothers Phaze One and Blacksta as Star One have collaborated with the likes of Toddla T who singled the duo out ‘as one of the most exciting producers to emerge in 2011.’ Remixing for artists as diverse as Jamie Woon and BBC1’s much-loved Rastamouse, Star One are already turning the right heads in a very short space of time and with their debut release this May, 2012 is proving to be no different. Info: Release date 11 June 2012, Carrot Records LIME MAGAZINE 2012



music releases


Words: Semper Azeez-Harris



June French Montana Stay Scheming Tour Recently signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, Moroccan hip hop, rap star and founder of Cocaine City Records, French Montana will be playing at indigO2 this June. His music evolved from the Bronx where his mixtapes and DVD’s propelled his rap career to an entirely new level. See him perform the mega track ‘Shot Caller’ featuring Diddy, ‘Red Light’ and ‘Hell On Earth 2k11’. Info:


June Wizkid

Awarded a MOBO for Best Africa Talent back in 2011, Wizkid returns to the UK to headline at the Hammersmith Apollo with his ‘Starboy UK Tour’ brought to you by and his record label Empire Mates Entertainment. Having collaborated with TInie Tempah and Akon, he is due to release his 2nd album ahead of concert this June. Expect the likes of Afrobeat sensatisons like Skales and Banky W, to grace the stage with him. Info: www.venues.


June Nicki Minaj ‘Pink Friday’European Tour Young money rapper will perform at 15 cities this year and will begin her trek on June 8 in Stockholm, Sweden. Dates also include London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Wireless Festival, V Festival and T in the Park. The tour which


is In support of her upcoming Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded release; will be one of the most highly anticipated and groundbreaking tours of 2012. Info: www.venues., www.


-17 June Lovebox The festival destination for London’s music, fashion and art lovers, will be spreading a decade of love on its return for an epic tenth year to its cultural home in the East End. A musical extravaganza beyond belief. Headliners include Holly Johnson, Hot Chip Friendly Fires, Kelis and Azealia Banks. Info:


-24 June 2012 Olympic Games: Radio 1 Hackney Weekend Tinie Tempah has been added to the bill for the BBC’s biggest ever free live music event which is part of the Olympic celebrations. He will join Leona Lewis and Plan B along with over 100 UK and international artists, bands and DJs performing in front of 100,000 music fans over two days. Info:


June Erykah Badu Already anticipated as one of the biggest music events of the summer, spanning London and Manchester with nearly two weeks of live music, the initial announcement of BluesFest 2012 has been greeted enthusiastically by the public and tickets are

Erykah Badu

selling fast. Erykah Badu traces a very different route back to the blues. A prime example of the all-pervading influence it has had on music over the past century, her unique neo-soul sound has its roots deep in the traditions of contemporary black music, taking in blues, soul, gospel, funk, jazz and hip-hop and even going back to its pre-American roots in traditional African music forms. Badu is a multi-award winning trailblazer who has influenced countless other artists over the years, and her appearance at BluesFest 2012 is a fantastic opportunity to witness a true musical pioneer in action. Info: www.venues., www.

fun. Info: Hyde Park, London. www.wirelessfestival.


July One Love Peace Festival This year’s One Love Peace Festival takes place on Sunday 15th July at London’s Mabley Green; a summer music event showcasing artists and icons of music like Diddy, Rev Run, Chip, T-Pain, Bunny Wailer, Barrington Levy plus many more. Info: www.originalonelove. com


Jul Madonna 2012 World Tour


-8 July Barclycard Wireless Festival Rihanna returns to London to headline this year’s Wireless Festival on Sunday 6th along with an impressive line up from the likes of Jessie J, Cher Lloyd, Nicki Minaj, Maverick Sabre, Professor Green and many many more. Hyde Park presents multiple stages where big name acts as well as up-andcoming artists will take to the stage, plus lots of food stalls, bars and musical

Madonna is having a huge party and everyone’s invited. The shows will include arenas, stadiums and special outdoor sites including the Plains of Abraham in Quebec and a return visit to South

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America and Australia where she has not performed in 20 years. The tour will stop in 26 European cities including London, Edinburgh, Paris, Milan and Berlin. Info: Hyde Park, London |


-26 August South West Four Weekender 2012 South West Four returns to London’s scenic Clapham Common this August, firmly established as one of the UK’s most important and influential electronic music festivals. After being awarded DJ Magazine’s coveted ‘Best British Festival’ at the Best of British Awards, this year’s offering will close what will be a truly monumental summer for the Capital. Presented by Lock N Load Events for the first time in our nine year history, the Clapham carnage will cease at 10pm. That’s an extra hour to indulge in the scintillating sights and sounds of the UK’s premier inner city music event. So with an extra sixty minutes to play with, this year’s line-up will be our biggest ever, showcasing an array of prime international artists on a scale never before experienced at SW4. Inspirational talent synonymous with South West Four’s success, are joined by a host of DJ debuts and manic live acts. Furthermore with improved sound levels, a freeze on 2011 ticket prices and numerous other enhancements, SW4 2012 will bring to the English summer an even greater festival experience.

Day one of SW4 2012 will welcome 35 prime international artists across four stages. The world’s most exciting live electronic act, the enigmatic Chase & Status, take Saturday’s coveted main stage closing slot, in their biggest ever headline London show. Day two follows with Triple Grammy Award winner Skrillex headlines in a performance guaranteed to go down as one of the greatest in SW4 history. Plus more in an amazing line-up of artists over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Info: Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, Clapham, London, SW4 9DE. www.


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This Way Ball This September see the sensational Lady Gaga at Twickenham Stadium following her hugely successful previous tours, Lady Gaga will make a much anticipated return to the stage with the Born This Way Ball. The show will feature music from Born This Way, as well as her previous two charttopping albums. Info: Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Rugby Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1DZ. LIME MAGAZINE 2012



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Karl Hinds


The Don is bringing his Grammar back! Words: Vernia Mengot

Kknown as one of the arl Hinds is well

pioneers of the UK rap scene along with being a producer and label owner he returns with his brand new mix-tape Black Timing. Having worked with some of the biggest names known to UK hiphop; Hinds took a leave of absence from the limelight and is back with a mixtape that brings freshly produced beats and bars galore.

In this exclusive interview we talk about the ugly side of the music business, working with Estelle and his newly produced powerful bars. So tell us a bit about your forth coming mix tape Black-timing? It’s basically a mix tape to kind of reintroduce myself back into the game. There are eight cuts produced by myself, its reintroducing top rhyming, word play and hard spitting. Letting people hear me, music they would consider of today. You’ve been away from the rap scene for a little while now, why the absence? There is a whole leap of reasons. Have Patience (2004), my 1st album sold in a short space of time, within in a month. So it wasn’t to do with lack of success. I was getting frustrated with people in the industry. I didn’t really know them, people where approaching me as if I should beg them, and 24 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

worship the ground they walk on. I was frustrated with my distributors. I had to stop until I can release music where I can cut these people out. If they want to do business they can, I don’t have to cross their paths. Music was being heavily controlled. They had agendas and I didn’t want to be susceptible to someone’s agenda. Until I could figure a way to go around the bull****, by the time I was settled it had been eight years. How did Ill Flavour Records come about? When I was in school, I started Jungle Assassin records. The whole purpose was to raise money to start releasing hip hop. It took me until I was about 22/23 to get the money together to release the hip hop record. My intention was to release hip hop tracks, I had about 23 jungle tracks but people didn’t know it was me. So what I was trying to do is to keep the two labels going concurrently. I am a music lover, I became a lot more successful as a UK rapper, producer; doing touring, videos and albums. I have always intended in relaunching the label, maybe next year. You had done

some work with Estelle in the past; tell us a bit about that Ok the first thing I’ve got to clear up is that I never signed her. Estelle approached me about releasing her first single. She featured on my first album; from there we kept

working on projects and were quite often in the studio at the

We got the album, from putting that out, we had the rights to it in the UK, so people just assumed she was signed to me. It was obvious the direction she was going in, I could see. I was getting frustrated; everyone was comfortable with same type of music. Hip hop evolves, Estelle had figured out how she was going to escape that sort of

box. She got signed with two other female rappers. I knew them both, they both featured on my two albums. When they got the deal; Estelle put me forward to work as one of the producers. I was constantly in Estelle’s business. She said to me “Something big is going to happen, you need to get your stuff together.” But I couldn’t move quick enough and the rest is history. Estelle, I call her superstar. I never called her by her name. Who in the music scene could you see yourself collaborating with? Well, an artist Black the Ripper, a UK rapper. There’s a ton of them, another artist, Dot RottenI’m feeling his stuff and would love to work with him. A few artists have been bought to my attention. There are many of them. I wouldn’t mind doing something with Stylo G. Giggs – I’d love to do a track with Giggs. Another rapper called, English Frank and Mic Righteous. I’d work with artists in America and Jamaica. The UK scene is so potent, whereas before probably US artists would come to mind first.

People like us frustrate the industry; it makes no sense to me The greats like Nas, Jay, Beyonce and Teedra Moses. It’s unbelievable, people used to laugh hard and tell me there was no money in it. When I released ‘Don Grammer’, trying to get it on radio- It couldn’t get airplay for being pro British. To me it seems like the other day. My first album is ten years old this year. My friend who has the

same surname as me, was telling me about a time at work where he was talking to a guy at work who must have been about 21, he asked if my friend had heard of someone called Karl Hinds, and my friend said “yeah that’s my friend” and he said “I grew up listening to him.” I never imagined people talking about me or my music in that way – I’ve only just started. What are your opinions of musical talent shows like the Xfactor and The Voice? My honest opinion is that Simon Cowell has a hold on that whole industry and that he is just milking it. People that win have talent, more recently that when it first started. What people forget is that all that format does is put on camera everything that happens off camera. It’s new and it’s frustrating people. If that’s the route they want to go in it’s up to them. Music is competitive, if artists want to be told what to do, obviously being famous and making music, it confuses the consumer. I had a clear understanding of music and fame as I’ve grown up. Consumers can’t tell the difference, everything is merging. What does music mean to you? Music is my sanity, it’s my life, I’ve only ever had one job outside of music, that was when I went broke, and I was a connexions advisor for one year, in my late twenties. Music has been my focus since school. Without it, I think I would be the worst person in history. I can’t even put it in to words. It’s that serious. What advice would you give to someone trying to break into the music scene? That’s always been my situation; you’ve got to be real determined and really thick skinned. People like us frustrate the industry;

it makes no sense to me. You’ve got to be realistic, I think the kids nowadays, they see music as a hustle, and they want to make money. That’s why people complain about the quality. That’s not a good idea, if you want to get into music you have to find a spiritual or emotional connection. First and foremost you have to find that connection first. Get yourself out there. I would refrain from sitting at home on the computer, and thinking you are going to get out there. Doing it on your own is very isolating. You need help to get through when you’re not the flavour of the month, try and set up a little team.


same time. I went on tour in Germany, supporting an act Johnny rewind, he was looking to put out record in England, Estelle was the only vocalist on that track, I saw the commercial value with Estelle back then.

What keeps you grounded? I pay for everything; I’ve got no hype to believe in any success that happens in the future- that pretty much keeps me grounded. It can leave you broke, everyone else can think you’re a star when you are really struggling trying to make ends meet. I’m not trying to be famous.


Who would you say is one of the biggest male artists in the music industry? Across the board? Drake but I don’t think he is the biggest, Rick Ross, Chris brown and funny enough Tinie Tempah. It’s an impossible question to answer. Info: For all matters related to Karl Hinds please contact @ atstreetlevel1 Twitter: @Team_Hinds @karlhinds Facebook: www.facebook. com/karlhindsfans illflavafanpage Youtube: com/user/illflavarecords Websiite: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2012


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he chance to interview


one for me. Back in 2009 I interviewed Natty after he dropped his debut album Man Like I (2009). Natty was absolutely buzzing with enthusiasm and he spoke keenly of his next album which at the time was near completion. I even remember seeing his album Man Like I in HMV and it was in their top forty chart-not bad for a debut.

Natty: finding freedom

Natty talks about getting away from music politricks

It was his UK, reggae tinged music that was infectious in many respects and brought Natty a keen following that seemed to suggest that Natty was soon to be inundating the UK charts but nothing followed-it was like a stick of dynamite had been lit but the expected ‘kaboom’ just never happened. Seeing Natty in Soho for the interview not much had changed outwardly, apart from those dreads which had evidently growing much thicker and longer but Natty’s four year absence was for a reason and pointed to a change that occurred within him. “Real talk the industry 26 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

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is full of some real off key little demons” states Natty who was in a forthright and refreshingly honest mood, “even the management and the label were off- I am on the same label that I was on before and all that stuff that happened before has been squashed now. The thing is back then we were doing a lot of touring and what happened on the first album was politricks that

went down and I did not like that.” He adds when I check if it is ok to print his views, “nah man this is what happened so if they don’t like what I say then that is cool”. “I decided to take a bit of time out due to all that was happening and go travelling around Africa and think about family life and my life generally- the funny thing is I had an

album all ready to go. I had in fact written another album as well on top of that- even two years ago when the other album would have come I tried to play ball with the label and the manger by writing with other people but it was difficult because I did not know these people.” He adds, “Look” catching my eye straight on, “I tried to work with it and I wrote with people on songs that


I write music from the heart so how are you going to write with me if you do not know my heart? They wanted me to write with people because maybe they had a hit with Duffy “A lot of people do not know that I used to make bass music that was just really bass heavy that is what I did so Man Like I was politricks as well because it did not come out the way I fully wanted because it was a little bass light compared to what I actually made.”

could have been hits but I was not about to release an album when I did not feel comfortable-essentially in my contract it is down to me whether I want to release something and so I dug my feet in!”

to stress that his music is about “longevity” and despite the fact that a label may see Natty as an irritating thorn in the side his wish to bring quality is something that you cannot help but admire.

Evidently Natty could be seen as a difficult artist but it is significant to see that there is a passion in his character and a passion for his music. Natty is keen

“When I release an album I want it to be released right. Man Like I touched people soul because the songs mean something. I think one of the reasons

that I can come back after four years and do a tour which sells out is due to my first album which has longevity.” He says with intense passion. His mixtape which is evidently an album in many respects being filled with all original tracks sonically represents the new found freedom that Natty appears to be enjoying with his label.

The Out Of Fire mix-tape is definitely a lot of what his first album brought but there is an infinitely edgier, bass happy sound with smidgens of the African influences permeating tracks mixed with the elements of the UK dance element with a collabo from the Ragga Twins (veterans form the jungle drum n bass scene) and of course reggae-Alarm Bells feat Sam Frank is a dub-tastic reggae banger that will light up dance halls and indeed his album promises to follow suit. Info: Website: www.nattymusic. com Myspace: www.myspace. com/natty4d Twitter: @nattymusic LIME MAGAZINE 2012



A lot of people want to be super stars but people do not know what it takes to be a super star or the amount of responsibility you have.

Nigeria’s Super Sun!

Bez taking Nigerian music to the next level What was the water igeria is slowly IT specialist and so I be a super sun the number Nmaking an impact on studied communications shed moment in your 1 artist in the world. the global scene and whilst Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry is paving the way, the Nigerian music scene is hot on its tail. One of the artists making the Nigerian scene hot at the moment is the soulful talent that is Emmanuel Bezhiwa Idakula or Bez as he is simply known. Making history as the first Nigerian artist to have his single That Stupid Song premiere on the renowned BET 106 Park, Bez is making a claim as one of Nigeria’s premier artists. In the UK we are still getting to know his name but the signs are great-Bez will undoubtedly become a global musical force. In the meantime Lime got the opportunity to have a little time with the man. Firstly, has music always been your first choice for a career? Oh no, I actually wanted to be a pilot and then I wanted to be like an 28 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

technology in college but in college I did some soul searching to find out what I was really meant to do in this life because I am spiritual as well. So why did this soul searching make you realise that music was your real calling? I could not think of anything else that I would rather do. I just really felt my purpose in life was to give value to people through music- it was just this gift that I was given.

Was your up-bringing very musically orientated? I grew up in a place called Jos that was like this musical place where people would hone their skills to be really great rather than any commercial gain. So growing up in a place like that it was really competitive so I learnt to play the guitar when I was nine and I have just kept on playing until now.

musical career when you decided to go for it? It happened in my third year in school I was talking to people we were gigging for (I was just the guitarist at the time I was not doing my own stuff) and so when I was talking to one of the people they asked me if I wanted to go into music? They said they thought I could make it. It was so encouraging to get that feedback from someone in the industry. So your album Super Sun is fantastic- give me a little background on the name and the overall idea you wanted to convey. A lot of people want to be super stars but people do not know what it takes to be a super star or the amount of responsibility you have. So I thought about it I thought instead of being a superstar why don’t we focus on what is a star and the brightest star is the sun. I just thought about it that way I want to

What about your followup album because while people are just getting wind of you in the UK, Super Sun is actually quite old? Over a period of years I built on my songs More You I wrote in 2008-sometimes you have writer’s block but you just have to wait and the material does come. Right now I am having thoughts about new material waiting to just burst out and then obviously a second album. Lastly is Nigeria on the cusp of great success? A seed has to die and rot before it can grow-that is why Nigeria is so powerful because we have growth coming through- this is the right time to be in Nigeria! Info: Myspace: www.myspace. com/bezidakula Website: www.bezidakula. com/about-bez Twitter: @bezidakula

June’s new

Words: Cassam Looch


movie releases

Iin the film world, and t’s another big month

with a number of sporting events beginning as well the cinema might be the best place to escape to. First up is the heavily promoted Ridley Scott scifi adventure Prometheus. We’ve seen so many clips, teasers and previews that we can’t wait to see the film itself now. In fact the worry is that we might have seen too much at this point, but Ridley Scott is a master craftsman and there is every chance that this will deliver the goods.


There is an all-star cast for this one which includes the likes of Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and our very own Idris Elba. A filmmaker on the other end of the experience spectrum is Plan B. His film Ill Manors will be an interesting watch, and looks to find an audience just like ‘Adulthood’ and ‘Kidulthood’ before it. If you’re looking for a laugh then perhaps the Spanish language Will Ferrel film Casa De Mi Padre will do the trick. With the final ‘Twilight’ film scheduled for release later this year, it’s time for the stars to start branching out. We’ve seen K-Stew in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and now it’s time for her other half to go solo with the controversial Cosmopolis. It’s an odd book, we’ve read it, and will make for a big leap for R-Patz. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is also scheduled

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Think Like A Man

for adaptation in June. The book is a blend of fact and fiction with the slave trade playing an important part in the plot. Expect Anthony Mackie to have a big role in the action, which is directed by the man behind ‘Wanted’. Rock of Ages marks the return of Tom Cruise. He cameos as an ageing rocker in the movie based on the popular stage production. Get your 80’s hair and rock anthems ready... this is a sing-along fest. We’re not sure you’ll be singing along to Joyful Noise, which stars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton

though. It’s a musical and it’s not got the best of reviews from the across the Atlantic.

Megan Fox in what we hope is something better than her last few films. ‘Jonah Hex’ any one?

The US box-office has been dominated by ‘The Avengers’, but another huge success has been the low budget Think like a Man. Michael Ealy stars opposite Meagan Good, Tajira P Henson and Regina Hall for ‘Fantastic Four’ director Tim Story.

If you are looking for something different, then Killer Joe is probably the anti-blockbuster to go for. It’s violent, crude and unabashed... and one thing is for sure... you’ll never look at fried chicken in the same way again.

We’ve got high hopes for Friends with Kids. As well as the prospect of seeing ‘Bridesmaids’ stars John Hamm and Kristen Wiig team up on screen again, there is also the sizzling

Last but not least is Noel Clarke’s Storage 24. We interviewed the writer and star of the film in this issue, and you get your chance to see the film at the end of the month. We can’t wait!




Noel Clarke Words: Cassam Looch

Nman. When we met oel Clarke is a busy

him recently he had just finished filming his part in a major Hollywood Blockbuster, and was in London to talk about his upcoming June releases. First up is the sports themed ‘Fast Girls’, and then the sci-fi thriller ‘Storage 24’.

We started off by asking him what it was like working on two films at the same time. That’s the world of distribution companies doing their thing. They’ve got their strategy to work out the best release dates, and it just happens to be a bit close this time. Do you think it helps having a high profile at certain times to get your films noticed? I don’t know. It probably helps, but it’s not ideal. Not everyone has got that much money and they might have to end up picking one or the other. I’d love them to see both. Let’s talk about ‘Storage 24’, which is actually based on an original idea by yourself as well. How did you come up with it? My wife had to go to a number of storage facilities for her work. I’d go with her and would end up waiting in various corridors, sometime with our baby, and i’d be looking around thinking ‘this is quite freaky’. At first I thought about having a serial killer who was picking off a group of people whilst trying to escape the law. One day I woke up and thought 30 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

With my new films it’s about trying to British films that are successful, and commercial, and entertaining. When you go to the cinema these days you are spending a lot of money. If I’m paying that, it better be good and that’s what I’m trying to do.


it, it was out of sequence it had girls in the lead. But Universal Studios loved it.

And how are your films doing over in America?

‘Alien!’. That was the film I wanted to see. For me as a big sci-fi head and someone who is trying to break away from people putting you into a box of what you do, that’s where the idea came from. British sci-fi is rare in itself. Were you worried about trying to get this made here? No. This film is banging! The reason I think it works is because it’s not set in space or on a spaceship, it’s set in a normal, relatable place. It’s about the characters, about a couple breaking up and then the alien turns up.

If it’s an American film then people would buy into that. But here it’s like ‘Spaceship? Nonsense!’. How hard is it to come up with an original idea for an alien, when we’ve seen so many of them before? You can only do so much. It walks on two legs, that’s been done before. It

crawls on four legs at times, that’s been done before. But the design is what is different. I wanted it in the style of Carnage and Venom, the SpiderMan villains, and that was the starting point for the designers. Once I had all the concepts we eventually came up with our final design with the director. On set it was a combination of VFX and a man in a suit. He had stilts and could get really tall. Once you see it with the VFX you realise how good it is. It’s ambitious, and that’s what I always try and so with my films. Is it a case of trying to one-up yourself? Not one-up myself, but I love American films. They come here, clean up and make loads of money. I want to be entertained and that’s what I’ve tried to do. A lot of people love that, and some don’t... but I want people to come out of the cinema and be like ‘Dude, you remember that bit where thing came up and did that?!’ I want that sort of feeling. When ‘Kidulthood’ and ‘Adulthood’ came out, that spawned a news genre. There was nothing like it beforehand. ‘4,3,2,1’ was polarising. People loved it or hated it. A lot of people didn’t get

Actually the first two are very popular in cities. They weren’t theatrically released, but you have the same problem over there that people think that it won’t do the business because British people don’t do that. Or that’s what they think. When I go out to L.A. people will say ‘oh man I love you in Doctor Who!’, but then when I go to a screening of film I have people coming up to me saying ‘I love you film’. People who are into independent cinema out there, and that sort of thing. It’s something of a cult following. ‘4,3,2,1’ is getting a released out there, and that was always the plan. It seems like you enjoy the pressure attached with this industry, is that a fair assessment? You don’t really have a choice. If a company says you have to be in it or direct it, then fine I’ll do it. I just want to pay my bills and feed my children. I mean I love my work, if it paid nothing I’d still want to do it. I just wrapped on ‘Star Trek 2’, and I’ve got a few other things coming up as well. It’s onwards and upwards... done be surprised if the next thing I do is something totally different. Info: ‘Storage 24’ is released on 29 June in the UK. LIME MAGAZINE 2012


BOyelowo is certainly ritish star David


making a big splash in Hollywood at the moment. Fresh from the success of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ last summer he is set to work with Tom Cruise, Daniel Day-Lewis and someone called Steven Spielberg. It’s been a meteoric rise for the softly spoken Brit from Oxford, and we caught up with him to talk about his career and his latest film ‘Red Tails’. “To my shame this was something I didn’t know anything about, but at least I have the excuse of being British” says the actor about the Tuskegee airmen on whom the film is based. “What I went on to find out a lot out is that a lot of Americans, both AfricanAmericans and White alike, didn’t know anything about these guys and that’s partly why George was so passionate about telling this story. It became very important to me to have this story told.”

film about heroes not victims.’”

Words: Cassam Looch

The question arises as to whether Lucas himself faced a backlash for making a story about Black fighter pilots. David is quick to point out the reaction in the US. “If anything, George has been lauded by the Black film making establishment. At the end of the day, he didn’t have to make this story and he chose a black director to make it for those reasons. There are a lot of rich black people in America and they could have put up the money, but they didn’t.

David Oyelowo

The George in question is the producer of the film, George Lucas.

“It’s exactly the film George aspired to do. When he was a young boy and watched these sorts of war movies they led him to newsreels of dogfights that led to those scenes in ‘Star War’.

George was quite hands-on, and that’s understandable given that it took 23 years from the original idea to seeing it made. He hired a young director [Anthony Hemingway] who did a brilliant job, but no one is going to know CGI like George. When it came to the framing and tone of the film, George was very keen not to make it preachy about being black. He said ‘I want to make a 32 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

eye, and that’s what I borrowed for my character.”

What’s great is that the film has made a lot of money and that doesn’t normally happen with these sorts of films... that’s why it’s now getting an international release.” “When you’re telling a black story the temptation is to make the characters all upstanding, worthy men because we don’t get to tell these kind of stories. But when I talked to them I realised that they were just young kids who were brilliant but that they also had egos. They had a swagger and a glint in the

Oyelowo still finds his accent as something of a surprise to unsuspecting producers and casting agents in America. “I’m never apprehensive [about being a British actor playing an American]. I live in Los Angeles now, and that’s a choice I made to try and work in the industry there. They are still confounded by a black man who talks like the Queen!” David has been living in America for 5 years now, and he explained that initially made him decide to head for the Hollywood


“I’m someone who likes to think that I will never rest on my laurels. I had a very nice career here, but it became apparent that there was glass ceiling on which my head was beginning to bob. The film industry here is so small, and I aspire to do movies so I had to take my plant and put it in more fertile ground. [Black actors] can’t really do period dramas that have cross-over appeal that we are known to export. I don’t think I would have got to play a fighter pilot if I stayed here.” Info: Red Tails is released in the UK on 6 June.

Fast Girls Perfectly timed athletics fare, Fast Girls is a very typical sports film given a unique British twist. Feisty sprinter Shania (Lenora Crichlow) is uprooted from her humble home and signed up to an elite group of athletes to represent her country. Her main rival is the prim Lisa Temple (Lily James), who sees the threat to her chances of winning gold as a major issue. What’s worse is that the girls are

asked to team-up for the relay competition by their trainer (Noel Clarke). Can these differences be overcome for the good of the team? What you want for a film like this is that moment where you can’t help but get swept up in the moment. You want to be jumping out of your seat, cheering on our heroes to glory. Noel Clarke is the man who makes this happen with a sparkling

script which is light on characterisation but high on ‘punch-the-air’ gratification. The girls might not all look like highly trained athletes, but they do the job required of them well. The rest is a success thanks to the snazzy direction and overall sense of occasion. Lime Rating: Release date: 15 June Starring: Lenora Crichlow, Noel Clarke, Lily James


Red Tails George Lucas might not be the obvious choice for a film about African American fighter pilots struggling against various obstacles during World War II, but the Star Wars creator is the driving force behind this flawed yet enjoyable movie.

Based on a real initiative – the Tuskegee training program – a group of talented young pilots get their chance to prove their worth when Colonel Bullard (Terrence Howard) pushes his superiors to give his men a shot. Having previously done menial tasks, the men are keen to take to the skies in anger. Tensions rise however when cocksure


Top Cat – The Movie 3D Another childhood animation brushed off for the cinematic treatment might not be the best idea, but there is a charm to this movie that is an unexpected treat. It’s not great, and only borderline good, but it has it’s moments and enough laughs to keep everyone entertained. The plot veers into inexplicable territory with holograms and robot police officers posing a threat to our alley cats. We can vaguely remember the TV show but were there really that many members of TC’s gang? They all blend into one, only allowing our loveable hero to stand out. The plot is utter nonsense, but it’s not a total misfire. It’s bright, fun and one the kids will enjoy during the holidays... even if they don’t recognise the original show. Lime Rating: Release date: 1 June

Joe ‘Lightning’ Little (David Oyelowo) begins to question authority and take matters into his own hands. He is also beginning a relationship with a local girl, but there is no sign of this calming his maverick ways. The scenes on the ground, especially the awkward romance, really feel overlong. They serve a purpose, but could have been done better. Oyelowo is adept at his role, but the character is just a broadly drawn as everyone else in this film. There is no subtlety in the dialogue, and an over abundance of characters that blend into one. These are some significant problems that are glossed over by the

superb dogfight sequences. These moments in the air are outstanding. They are easily worth the admission price alone, and certainly worth watching on the big screen. You’ll just have to put up with some boring

moments in-between though... so take some snacks. Lime Rating: Release date: 6 June Starring: David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Junior, Terrence Howard LIME MAGAZINE 2012


Guvna B


Words: Vernia Mengot

GUnique Vessel uvna (God’s

Now Assigned) is one Christian performing artist who creates influential and inspiring music. His artistry is consistently at the cutting edge of what will be the future for Gospel music. At age18, he appeared on the 2007 MOBO Award winners ‘G Forces’ album. He has also shared the stage with Grammy nominated and award winning American artists ‘Da T.R.U.T.H’ & ‘LeCrae’. Drawing inspiration from observations made living in and around the gritty and fast-pace streets of London; Guvna B has headlined at the Jazz Cafe and supported the likes of Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Tim Hughes and Hillsong in concert. In this interview Lime Magazine talks to Guvna B about his music of profound faith and religious understanding, his impressive achievements and the new projects he’s working on this year.

How did your mission in music begin? I started rapping in the playground at school. I always used to win the rap battles and that’s where I built up my reputation. When I became a Christian, I decided to change the content of my raps. From then I started recording music of faith and positivity. You have an impressive list of achievements, what is the driving force behind your musical talent? I just aim to make an impact on my generation. I 34 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

Guvna B has wisdom and knowledge beyond his years, a boundless musical talent and a burning desire to relevantly equip the nation with the word of God.

want to see people have ambition, faith, drive, and work ethic. Those are the messages I convey in music. The passion for those things drive me to work hard and I guess the achievements come off the back of that. You have occupied the number one slot on MySpace charts for Gospel & Christian rap for the most part of the last few years, how does that make you feel? Stuff like that doesn’t really sink in the way it should I think. I feel proud and it just inspires me to work harder and do more. Your most recent album ‘Scrapbook’ was downloaded over 30,000 times. Tell us about the album. The album is very personal to me. I call it my Scrapbook because I was very open on it. I wanted people to see that even though I’m doing well, I’m not the perfect Christian and life gets hard for me just like it does for everybody else. I wanted to show people that I rely on God to get through hard times and they should too. What does gospel music mean to you? To me, gospel music is a message of faith through relevant genres of music, and it is powerful in equipping people with the belief they need.

What music artist inspires you the most? That’s a hard one, it changed all the time. At the moment it’s Tinie Tempah. I love how hard he works and all the things he’s achieved. He’s very driven and even though his message is very different to mine, his work ethic inspires me to achieve the same things with gospel music that he has with mainstream music. You’re only in your twenties, yet you’ve done so much. How do you stay so grounded? I have a great family. They very happily bring me down to earth when I get a bit ahead of myself. Thankfully there’s no violence involved [smiles] At the height of the 2011 London Riots, you released a specially recorded track ‘Hometown Riots’ what is your opinion on the events in London last summer? My opinion is that there is no excuse for what acts young people participated in however it’s a shame it took that to happen for the government and other people to focus on young people and how we can stop the issues they face. This should have been looked at long before and maybe I fit was, the riots wouldn’t have happened.

You have shared the stage with the likes of Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah and toured with Lethal Bizzle, what was it like? It was great being the only Gospel artist on these tours. I find the other artists respect what I do and I feel really out of my comfort zone which is great, because I have to trust God. I love making impact out of the Christian industry as well as the mainstream industry. When can we expect to see another sell-out of “An Evening with Guvna B”? This year after the release of my next album. What new projects are you working on? My album ‘Odd One Out’ comes out this summer which I’m very excited about. The first single off of that is called ‘Free’ and is out on the 24th of June. Remarkable Men: Who in the community would you say is a remarkable role model? Anyone that inspires faith, positivity and maximising potential. Info: Website: Twitter: @guvnab Youtube: com/guvnab Myspace: www.myspace. com/guvnab



I wanted to show people that I rely on God to get through hard times and they should too



HOPE Hto be a catalyst for All Souls Big Lunch

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local churches to live out mission through doing more, together, and communicating the Gospel in both words and actions. As HOPE builds towards a big year of mission in 2014, one of the major mission opportunities being highlighted is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is a chance for the Church to build local communities and an opportunity for outreach. More than 614,000 Diamond Jubilee New Testaments will be given away by churches and individuals to friends, neighbours and children to mark the occasion. This special edition is produced by Biblica, HOPE and the Church of England and includes images 36 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

This year 600,000 Diamond Jubilee Souvenir editions of the New Testament are going to be given out over the Jubilee celebrations. Big Jubilee Lunches will take place all over the country. Churches are getting involved and working together and with community groups and organisations to benefit residents and build a real sense of community. from the Coronation and the Queen’s life, linking her 60-year reign and her Christian faith. A guide helps readers to understand the significance of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. A Bible was given to the Queen at Her Majesty’s coronation. It was described as the world’s most valuable gift.

Roy Crowne, HOPE’s executive director, said: “We are thrilled with the response. Churches can give away this special gift to people in their communities as they celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. They can now read and think about the Christian faith for themselves.”

Jubilee Lunches and Events June Christ Church on Old Kent Road in Peckham (along with other nearby churches) are holding a free Jubilee festival on the Ledbury estate behind their church. The Holy Ghost Zone is joining with


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June Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch Spend your bank holiday weekend at the Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch as the area from Piccadilly Circus to the top of St James’s Street hosts a huge street party over the bank holiday weekend. Jubilee street party with organisations such as The Ritz, the Royal Academy of Arts, St James’s Church, Fortnum and Mason and BAFTA taking part in the Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch.


June Edmonton Baptist Church, London There will be a ‘Big Lunch’ outside the church for the community; with face painting and a bouncy castle for the children, stalls with bric-a-brac for sale, music, a barbeque, sandwiches and chicken rice and peas.




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DJ sets, street food and more to help you make the most of the bank holiday weekend. Diamond Jubilee street party The Star of Bethnal Green will be spilling out onto the streets for the Jubilee street party. June St Pauls – Service of Thanksgiving The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St.Paul’s Cathedral. It will include a prayer written, at The Queen’s direction, by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. A ‘Diamond Choir’ of children from around the UK will sing a specially composed song.


Edgware Green Two very different churches will come together to put on – Music on the Green and Church on the Green and Big Jubilee Lunch over the Jubilee weekend. Praise Chapel in Kilburn is celebrating everything British at their Big Jubilee Picnic. that and then on Sunday holding a Barbecue lunch, gifts for local residents in the form of Jubilee bibles, pens and other things, a street party, party games, children’s face painting, a church band to minister in songs and instruments and people will be dressed in Jubilee colours.


June Jubilee Street Party at Star of Bethnal Green Enjoy a good old fashioned knee up at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee street party at Star of Bethnal Green, when the road next to the popular pub hosts children’s entertainment,

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Big Jubilee Lunch at Old Royal Naval College Head to Greenwich for a street party like no other as the Big Jubilee Lunch at Old Royal Naval College celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in grand style. Greenwich street party with live entertainment from local and community

performers, food, craft and vintage stalls as well as a big screen, the Big Jubilee Lunch at Old Royal Naval College is an ideal occasion to gather with friends and family. Churches in Croydon are joining together for Big Jubilee Lunch. Praise House on the busy London Road in West Croydon is closing the side street beside their Church entry and inviting the locals to join them for lunch. West Croydon Baptist Church plans to use the Messy Jubilee Church material for a short service and then move to the courtyard for further celebrations. Croydon Tabernacle are holding a BBQ in their local community Estate just opposite our church so all residents can attend and passersby can join in; drama sketches by the drama team reflecting current issues challenging the community- knife and gun crime/gang culture and how to combat it. Music and choreography by our choir and youth team There will be lots of food and drink and counsellors on hand to reach out to as many as want to ask questions. Churches all over have plans for Big Jubilee Lunches and celebrations. Info: For more information on any of the events please visit www.hopetogether. LIME MAGAZINE 2012



This month Lime catches up with Dillon Khan on his book The Intern- donned as the ‘Devil Wears Prada for Music Television’

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that educated him with a rich mix of music has a history in the world of music journalism. In his exciting fictional book The Intern, Dillon uncovers experiences from his own catalogue of work within the industry at MTV for eight years where he made shows about music, lifestyle and youth culture. Tell us about your most interesting interning experience. I think I had quite a few actually, I mean in that year I did my internship I managed to see and do a lot of things. The highlight was the MTV awards because everyone was under one roof. I got to interview artists and go behind the scenes, as an intern to be thrown into the deep end was quite exciting. What made you want to write a book about it? I think there were quite a few things. I always wanted to write a book. I collected ideas over the years, when I was 16 I worked in WHSmith at the weekends. I started the freelancing and that’s when I thought it’s now or never. When I left MTV and looked at the ideas I had, youth unemployment was coming to a sharp focus. As a music journalist I thought writing a book about this generation, was quite exciting. It includes some stories I had of my own. It was a fun subject to cover. And one that interns past present and future can relate to. Tell us about the main 38 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

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Dillon Khan character in the book, Jay Merchant. He’s like quite a lot of students when they leavethey have this piece of paper in their hand. In the real world you’re told to get a job and the thing that a lot of employers look for is experience. Jay is like most young people looking to get his foot through the door, it’s about his journey getting an internship and the journey he goes through. With Jay he is pretty much someone that

Don’t get caught up in the matrix most students who have left education can relate to. And he has to really hustle and work hard to find a way in. Working in the media

is a very fast paced and competitive market, how do you stay so balanced? Don’t get caught up in the matrix. When you do get into a role, you have just got to keep balanced. Work hard, push yourself to try and get that permanent job. It’s no different no matter what field you are in. Keeping a balance through your work and life, with people keeping you grounded usually your family and friends.

An enjoyable stage would be when we set up MTV in Africa; I had to move the team over from the UK to the headquarters in Johannesburg.

outside of London, the sites are all over the place and you’re in the middle of a busy high road.

Share a memory from your university experience. My overriding memory of Uni is a blur; this is the good days where your fees and tuition are paid for. It’s about meeting lots of people – the shackles come off. That’s your moment go out and engage and explore. My biggest memory is probably just fresher’s week because it’s completely new. I think my thing was I didn’t go Uni

Tell us something that we don’t know about you. I suppose the most interesting memory that I have was in the final year, I was in the library and bumped into a really good friend. He had an application form applying for a job as cabin crew for British Airways, he said “you have to apply as well” as a joke we both did. About four months later we got called for an interview. I got through, and I went travelling for year. I had a lot of debt, so I couldn’t afford to go travelling, so that was the next best. I went all over Europe and the Middle East. You’ve worked for MTV over a period of eight years, what was the

Have you always had an interest in music? Yeah I have, like most young people. My passion was always music. Whether that was collecting music, listening to radio DJ’s and going to gigs. I used to love reading album covers, sleeve notes, knowing where it was recorded and produced. I wasn’t looking for MTV, I didn’t really watch MTV. From there I think my path lead to MTV. You have an extensive music collection, who are some of your favourite artists? I think I grew up with a real mix of music, from London. It’s a unique city; a mix of people from different backgrounds and cultures. Music reflects this. From the Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, to Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. Right through to Dre and Jay Z. Taking in things that I learnt at school, like classical music. With my personal culture roots from India, there is the Bollywood influence

in music, radio stations in London add to that dance music. A real rich mix. Now, you add dubstep to the mix and more recently afro beats. You get this wonderful mix form living in London; with London what’s quite unique is that it’s everywhere. This makes London a unique.


best thing about your job? I think the best thing about it was that it was the forefront of youth culture, reporting on where culture and society are moving. Youth culture was at the forefront of that. Social phenomena’s start at the forefront of youth culture. It was an exciting period to be at as there was no recession, money was rolling around, and there was a high level of exuberance at that stage. It was quite a nice time to be reporting that and enjoying it.

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into the media industry? Well to the starting point visit the For the website I wanted to speak to industry heads, get the top five tips I spoke to Ben Cooper from radio 1, who told us exactly what they’re looking for, Dylan Jones from GQ for top tips on how to make it in journalism. There are about fifteen to twenty interviews up online on the site; it gives people an insight into those in the industry. Check out that website, it’s a useful tool with straight talk information, then the book. After that you should be ready. The insight is in both.


Which male in the media industry do you most admire? I suppose I would have to say Jay Z, I’ve been a huge music fan, and for his evolution as an artist, being the head of a label to becoming an entrepreneur/ businessman and cultural icon. That growth is nonstop. He has influenced so many people on so many different levels and broken boundaries. He’s a role model for young people. His achievement is remarkable. To overtake Elvis Presley’s records and the Beetles is staggering especially the world of hip hop. Jay has constantly evolved. Info: Website: www.theintern. Twitter : @dillonkhan LIME MAGAZINE 2012



June Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte discusses his extraordinary life as a celebrated singer and activist with Kirsty Lang, to celebrate the publication of his life story, ‘My Song’. Belafonte acted as a conduit between Martin Luther King and the Kennedys and his involvement in the Civil Rights movement is perhaps the greatest triumph of his extraordinary life. He was in the US Navy during World War II, had a celebrated stage career and enjoyed friendships with Marlon Brando, Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton, among others. Info: 7.30pm, 020 7960 4200. Royal Festival Hall. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, City of London, SE1 8XX. www. southbankcentre.


June P O E M!

2012 This month in the run up to poetry Parnassus, a global celebration of

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contemporary poetry; The Southbank Centre welcomes Michael Horovitz to present P O E M! 2012 handing on the baton of 53 years of his New Departures publications and Poetry Olympics Festival. This diverse gathering featuresAyanna Witter- Johnson, Stan Tracey, Valerie Bloom, John Hegley, Francesca Beard and Annie Whitehead’s World Music Workshop Band. As well as Peter Lemer, Annie and Michael’s William Blake Klezmatrix Band, Elvis McGonagall, Brian Patten, Gwyneth Herbert, Patience Agbabi, Molly Parkin, E J Thribb and special guests including Damon Albarn and Steven Berkoff. Join them for the ultimate night of poetry,

performance, music and song! Info: 7pm, www.


-08 July The National Shake the Dust Weekend Shake the Dust is a national celebration of the power of spoken word. This year teams of talented and inspiring young people will compete in the country’s biggest national youth slam final at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Teams will perform poetry based around the Olympic and Paralympic games. Shake the Dust is all about bringing together young people from different parts of the country and giving them a voice that would otherwise be unheard. Info: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, www.


July- 25 November Shakespeare staging the world. This year the World Shakespeare Festival will run concurrent with the London 2012 Olympics and The British Museum is staging an exhibition that will explore the world of Shakespeare. In collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company; the exhibition will provide unique insight into the

emergence of London as a world city, seen through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare’s plays. Info: www.britishmuseum. org


til November World Shakespeare Festival The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, it is an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations. Globe to Globe it will bring together productions from a hugely diverse array of countries. This major international programme enables thousands of students and teachers from countries such as China, Czech Republic, India, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam to take part through international collaborations, conferences and learning events. The World Shakespeare Festival is supported by BP, as Founding Presenting Partner, and by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England. Running between April and November this forms part of the London 2012 Festival, which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, where leading artists from all over the world come together in a UK-wide festival in the summer. Info: www. worldshakespearefestival.

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-02 June The Top Secret Comedy Club In this mixed line-up at the Africa Centre, Enjoy comedy on Friday with Stuart Goldsmith, Bobby Mair and Nick Revell. Saturday night features comedy from Paul Sweeney, Bobby Mair and Tom Allen. Info: Africa Centre, 38 King St, WC2E 8JT. www. thetopsecretcomedyclub.


June Comedy Carnival Fast-paced and energetic stand-up from Imran Yusuf, Tom Deacon and MC Pete Jonas. Info: 8pm, Clapham Grand, 21-25 Saint John’s Hill London SW11 1TT. www.


June Simon Amstell The award-winning comedian, actor/ screenwriter and presenter once again attempts to heal himself in public with his painfully, brilliantly honest stand-up show. Info: Doors open 7pm, www. o2shepherdsbushempire.


June The Giants of Comedy Join the multi award winning, multi talented true legends of comedy for a night of top quality entertainment. These true professionals have been at the top of the entertainment game for over two decades. The line up includes Curtis Walker, Felix Dexter, Felicity Ethnic, Mr Fraser and Robbie Gee. Info: 8pm, www.


June Big live events and presents Battle of the sexes Battle of the sexes is a exciting variety show with a new twist.



My Big Fat Jamaican Funeral

Unlike your regular comedy shows this show has comedy, live music and dance. The ladies take complete control of the first half, and then the men will take complete control of the second half. But who will steal the night. During the night The Allan Brandos Doops Squad will host a exciting dance off between ladies and men. It will be Dutty wine vs Passa Passa and The Jerk vs Dougie. This event will be hilarious, exciting and explosive. Finishing the night off with a massive dance off. HOSTED BY THE DOOPS SQUAD. Info: FULLY SEATED EVENT. FREE LOCAL PARKING AND FOOD ON THE NIGHT The Camden Centre Euston RD WC1H 9JE. 07701090781. www.theticketsellers., www.bigliveevents. com


-22 June Michael Winslow - The Man of 10,000 Voices As seen and heard in Police Academy, Family Guy, The Simpsons and many more, Michael Winslow comes to the E4 Udderbelly following his total sell out at the Edinburgh Festival 2011. The original vocal artist of

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the 20th century, Winslow can imitate the impossible using only his voice. Whether it’s Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar, or a special treat for Star Wars fans, Michael is the master of vocal gymnastics and a true comedy star. Don’t miss! Info: 9pm, E4 Udderbelly Southbank, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX


-24 June My Big Fat Jamaican Funeral Harmony productions presents; this hilarious comedy play, celebrating Jamaica’s 50th year independence in style. Info: www. broadwaytheatre.


July Comic Idol Don’t dream of missing Quincy’s new preEdinburgh gig. Get to grips with some new, hilarious, gritty laughs before anyone else. A previous sell out show at Stratford Circus, hosted by the Cockney Prince himself with special guests. Info: 8pm, Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX


July The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show...Live! The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy became an instant classic on its launch as a radio series. Now Douglas Adams’s immortal

creation explodes back into life in this ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before. Featuring Terry Jones (ex Monty Python) as the Voice of the Book; playing the only London date here in Hackney. Led by Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Hitchhiker’s favourites from the legendary Radio and TV casts are re-united for these live performances, bringing to life the characters written for them in highlights from the entire Hitchhiker’s Saga. Directed by Dirk Maggs, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show... Live! is a comedy adventure which will introduce newcomers of all ages to Vogons, Babel Fish, Marvin the Paranoid Android and allow them to explore the unique and hilarious Whole General Mish Mash According To Douglas Adams. Whatever else you do this year, make sure you know where your towel is... Info: 8pm, www. LIME MAGAZINE 2012




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ery Friday- SaturdayThe Euro Disco Club at Bunga Bunga This month Bunga Bunga will launch The Euro Disco Club; The Eurovison Club will offer its own unique variation on the European pastiche downstairs, being entirely dedicated to The Eurovision Song Contest. The walls will be covered with memorabilia from this annual institution and karaoke is the order of the day, with guests having the chance to belt out ABBA and Buck’s Fizz hits on a stage, hoping to make it into the ‘The Nul Points Hall of Fame’. A Eurotrashinspired fancy dress box will offer enough flares, spandex and lamé to keep revelers entertained and dancing until dawn. Info: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA. Tel: 020 7095 0360, www., info@bungabunga-london. com


ery Sunday BRAZIL BRASILEIRO A night where you can get a true taste of Brazil, packed wall to wall with the very people that gave birth to 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

the sound of samba. Forró is the dance for everyone and its infectious friendly atmosphere continues to make Sundays one of the most special evenings in the capital. Info: 5pm-Midnight, Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane), Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5PW, www.


June Bodymove Ibiza send off

and David Penn play their debut sets at Egg London. Info: 10pm-10am, EGG, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AP. www.


June Duncan Mighty UK

Tour On Saturday 2nd of June, don’t miss the Duncan Mighty UK Tour featuring performances by Deoba Authentic and Sierra Leone’s Shady Baby alongside others live. Hosted by Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee alongside MC Jazee Phizzle. DJ’s on the night include Amour A-Star, Unbeetable and Cynthia DjMVP. Info: 6pm,

02 After smashing box office records with their March Miami Send Off Party with Layo & Bushwacka, Bodymove’s Ibiza Send Off all-nighter welcomes two more house juggernauts as two of Spain’s most prolific producers, DJ Chus

June Subsoul This month see Jazzie B and Spin Doctor in this central club’s basement, spinning on rotation with soul and disco to hip hop and house and help from the likes of Chris P Cuts, Aitch B, DJ Lok and more. Don’t miss out on these party vibes. Info: 6pm. The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London, W1W 7JD. www.thesocial. com

June Groove Odyssey presents Masters at Work On Jubilee Sunday 3rd June, Groove Odyssey returns to the Proud2nightclub, with the second in its series of House Legends parties. This time clubbers are welcomed by very special guests, the world renowned Masters at Work, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez from New York. They will be playing a 4-hour set fusing the very best in soulful house old & new, together with some of their MAW classics so don’t miss this massive reunion – with full support from Bobby & Steve, Groove Assassin and DJ Leo! This Groove Odyssey party is going to be another amazing event guaranteed to be a sell out! Info: 10pm-7am, Proud 2, The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX,


June The Promised

Land This summer The Promise Land will be taking over Egg for the first three Bank Holiday Sundays of the year! No expense or time has been speared to search, track down & fly over special guest legends that have produced, performed and written some of the biggest Old Skool house tracks ever made. These epic events will start at 2pm in the garden area with an all day BBQ, plus live PAs & Djs that will take you back to the 80’s and build you up to 1988-89 until the basement is opened for the summer of love grand finale. You’ll then be taken back to the year 2000 on the terrace, with the best in house classics and to top it off The Apothecary will be opened to play Hardcore and Jungle in an MC free zone. Don’t miss this epic three part Old Skool show case &

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June Benga at KoKo Much has been made of dubstep pioneer Benga’s side project, but now it’s time for Adegbenga Adejumo to step out on his own as he presents the UK debut of his live show in conjunction with Red Bull Studios. Supporting acts live on the night from; grime/trance producer Joker and Digital Soundboy member, Dismantle. Info: 9pm. Koko, 1a Camden High St, London, NW1 7JE. www.koko.

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June Techno Fest: Tronic Showcase with Christian Smith & Bart Skills

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Recklessly collide unique creative characters with high calibre musical talent and you directly challenge the established boundaries of clubbing. Breaking



Room 1: Reset Robot, Nick Tcherniak, Warboy, Inigo Surio and Jay Tempest Room 2: Raphael Mello, Geshe Ewing and Paul Unkel Room 3: Nightlife In London Room 4: Ronald, Bruno Balbino and Ilona International Info: 10pm. Egg London, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX.

June Heroes

Egg presents special guests Reset Robot, Rapahel Mello, Warboy and Nick Tcherniak.



be part of dance history in the making as The Promise Land launch a NEW SUMMER OF LOVE FOR 2012! Re live, re create that atmosphere & vibe from 88-89 where you leave your troubles at the door! Info: EGG, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AP Times: 2pm- 6am, www.

Tronic host a showcase at Egg London on the Lovebox Weekender Saturday night. Tronic founder Christian Smith will be accompanied by label’s regular Bart Skills. Originally created in 1994, Christian Smith’s Tronic label holds a special place in techno circles. A leading force in shaping a less purist techno style, Tronic was amongst the first labels to embrace sounds from house and techno to create records that DJs from both scenes would play. Spearheaded by Christian Smith’s ever-popular productions, the label was re-launched with a bang in 2009 with the re-release of the 1999 hit, ‘Move’, which was followed by a run of releases and remixes from Umek, Mark Broom, Fergie, Stryke, Steve Mac, Anton Pieete, Matt Nordstrom, Psycatron, Jim Rivers and Wehbba. Info: 10pm, Egg London,

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Its competition time and we are giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to the return of Groove Odyssey at the Proud2nightclub, with the second in its series of House Legends parties. With special guests; world renowned Masters at Work, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez from New York, Bobby & Steve, Groove Assassin

and DJ Leo! This Groove Odyssey party is going to be another amazing event guaranteed to be a sell out! So don’t miss out on your chance to attend. Info: 10pm-7am, Proud 2, The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX, www. To enter for your chance to win tickets to the convention please email competition@thisislime. net

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June ThrowBaak Join ThrowBaak for another great night as they take you on a nostalgic musical journey featuring DJ 279 (Choice FM), Rochelle (In The Mix) De Lori, Jnr Mac (Lightning FM) and special guest DJ Dezzi D who will be playing the best in 70’s & 80’s Soul, Funk, Disco & Rare Groove all night long. Info: 10pm. www., throwbaak@throwbaak. com. Plan B, 418 Brixton

July Afrobeats at Somerset House Hosted by Choice Fm’s DJ Abrantee, for the first time ever presenting Afrobeats at Somerset House. Headlining on the night is Olu Maintain plus special guest, also including performances by Capo Snoop, Atumpan, May7ven, Vibe Squad and Tyroon Da Prince. Info: 7pm-12am, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. LIME MAGAZINE 2012




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Impossible to Please A group of girlfriends is on vacation when they see a 5-story hotel with a sign that reads: “For Women Only.” Since they are without their boyfriends and husbands, they decide go go in.

friends continue on up. They reach the third floor and the sign reads: “All the men here are tall and plain.”

The bouncer, a very attractive guy, explains to them how it works. “We have 5 floors. Go up floor by floor, and once you find what you are looking for, you can stay there. It’s easy to decide since each floor has a sign telling you what’s inside.” So they start going up and on the first floor the sign reads: “All the men on this floor are short and plain.” The friends laugh and without hesitation move on to the next floor.

They still want to do better, and so, knowing there are still two floors left, they continued on up. On the fourth floor, the sign is perfect: “All the men here are tall and handsome.” The women get all excited and are going in when they realize that there is still one floor left. Wondering what they are missing, they head on up to the fifth floor.

The sign on the second floor reads: “All the men here are short and handsome.” Still, this isn’t good enough, so the

There they find a sign that reads: “There are no men here. This floor was built only to prove that there is no way to please a woman.”

Who says men don’t remember anniversaries A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front him. He appears deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of coffee. “What’s the matter, dear?” she whispers as she steps into the room. “Why are 46 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

you down here at this time of night?” The husband looks up, “Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 17?” he asks solemnly. The wife is touched thinking her husband is so caring and sensitive. “Yes, I do,” she replies. The husband pauses. The words are not coming easily. “Do you remember when you father caught us in the back seat of my car?”

“Yes, I remember,” says the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him. The husband continues... ”Do you remember when he shoved a shotgun in my face and said, “Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years”. “I remember that too”, she replies softly. He wipes another tear from his cheek and says... “I would have gotten out today!”

Who’s in charge Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics: • 29 have been accused of spousal abuse • 7 have been arrested for fraud • 19 have been accused of writing bad checks • 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses • 3 have done time for assault • 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit • 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges • 8 have been arrested for shoplifting • 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits • 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year Can you guess which organization this is? It’s the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.


Time2Shine is a contest for aspiring Gospel artists from various Christian ministries across the UK. Presented by television favourite, Josie d’Arby, Time2Shine has been described as BET’s Sunday Best meets X-Factor and is a platform to showcase the best in UK Gospel talent. Auditions have already begun for talented Christian rappers/vocalists to become a new four-piece music act! If you fit the bill, apply online at The winners of ‘Time2Shine’ will receive a top management contract, the opportunity to produce an album, a music video, a website, an international tour at the Barbados GospelFest and more!


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Remarkable Men 2012 Edition  

Your essential guide to cultural London

Remarkable Men 2012 Edition  

Your essential guide to cultural London